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Peter Jackson On The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey's Extended Edition
Expect some 'serious Dwarvish disrespect' and a lot more

25 June 2013  |  Written by Ali Plumb  |  Source: Exclusive

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The latest issue of Empire - out this Thursday, June 27 - has three elves on the front cover, and inside there's plenty of information on second movie in the Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug. But if you're looking for more from the first out of the gate, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, feast your eyes on the following quotes discussing that movie's planned extended edition, straight from the magazine.

"You are going to get some serious Dwarvish disrespect of the elves at Rivendell," says Jackson, echoing what he previously said to us during our Unexpected Journey video interviews (see below).

"You are going to get more of Hobbiton," says producer / co-writer Philippa Boyens. "We always wanted to wend our way through Hobbiton, but in the end Bilbo has to run out of the door."

"You are going to get more Goblin Town, and the Great Goblin singing his song," adds Fran Walsh, Jackson's other half and fellow screenwriter. "It is a great song, but it was just another delay in terms of moving the story along."

"A number one hit from the Goblin King," laughs Jackson. "Barry Humphries is going to rise up the charts."

"We are putting things in the extended cut that are going to play straight into the second film," explains Jackson, "like this character Girion, who is defending [the city of] Dale using black arrows against Smaug. And the black arrows play a part in an ongoing story, for they are the one thing that can pierce the dragon's hide."

"There are also issues with [king of the elves] Thranduil (Lee Pace)," Jackson adds. "We get some of the reason why he and the dwarves had a falling out - to do with these white gems..."

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug is out on December 13. The extended edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be out about a month before The Desolation Of Smaug's release. The new issue of Empire, meanwhile, is out on Thursday, June 27.

 


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Your Comments

AWESOME
this is great, i love every little bit of lore we get to have from the extended editions, im glad that Peter Jackson isn't letting non hardcore fans influence his decision to continue making extended editions, his lord of the rings ones made the films feel complete and i appreciate his dedication More

Posted by Iampower123 at 10:47 on 28 July 2013 | Report This Post

All you people crying about the length, get a grip. You kind of people are the exact reason why studios feel the need to control length and content of films. A film should be the exact length a director wants it to be. For you's that aren't fans of an extended version, the theatrical release is already available. For those of you who are not a fan of The Hobbit, nobody is forcing you to buy it. So stop complaining. I'll probably wait until all three films are released in an extended editio More

Posted by lankeymarlon at 13:46 on 01 July 2013 | Report This Post

Has Peter Jackson Become A Victim Of His Success?
Because if you look at the films he has directed after THE LORD OF THE RINGS Trilogy, they haven't made the same impact with the critics and the audiences. KING KONG (2005) was an awful movie, it should have been called KONG'S GATE for being three hours of staggering, self-indulgent. THE LOVELY BONES (2009) had the potential to be a spiritual successor to HEAVENLY CREATURES, but instead ended up being his worst-reviewed film to date and the first HOBBIT film was underwhelming, I really do NOT un More

Posted by bb at 19:58 on 28 June 2013 | Report This Post

No Thanks
The expanded worl of Tolkien can be found in the books. I don't care for the extended cut. I even found the extended cuts of The two Towers and Return of the King boring in a lot of parts. I have read the Tolkien books 20 years ago and really adore them. But a film must have a good pace. Unfortunatelly Jackson has a problem with timing and pace in all his films. IMHO. More

Posted by kingtolkien at 21:29 on 27 June 2013 | Report This Post

Even longer edition - no thank you
Totally agree with MarcusDes. Found the theatrical version bloated,overly long and self-indulgent. Took 45 mins for them to get out of Bilbo's house. If I wanted to see a load of people sitting round having dinner I'd watch "Come dine with me" on Channel 4! More

Posted by Okester at 14:53 on 26 June 2013 | Report This Post

why didn't they mention this before I bought it when it came out a few months back. A$$holes :( More

Posted by DanTDavies at 11:29 on 26 June 2013 | Report This Post

12" remix?
Any idea how much longer this is going to be? I thought the theatrical version was long enough More

Posted by bruciebonus at 22:08 on 25 June 2013 | Report This Post

Great news for the fans
I chose not to buy the theatrical release and I'm really looking forward to the extended edition. The LOTR extended editions are the best DVDs ever released so I'm keen to the see the additional scenes included in the hobbit. More

Posted by chrissmart at 19:54 on 25 June 2013 | Report This Post

White Gems?
I wonder if they're going to mention the Silmarils in this version then? Not that I recall Thranduil ever being part of those stories. More

Posted by the_equalizer at 17:59 on 25 June 2013 | Report This Post

Excellent.
I for one love that this new trilogy is getting the attention to detail and expanded view into Tolkien's world. I love the book, but adding all this extra material not only gives it a broader context but also expands our glimpse into his amazing story. I for one cannot wait for the extended edition and the other installments. I held off buying the standard edition specifically because of that. Peter keep up the good work, and please ignore the impatient viewers. I say more is better in this case More

Posted by Bluebloodedbastard at 17:54 on 25 June 2013 | Report This Post

Bring it on
I had concerns going in regarding the playing time of the Hobbit but I have to say I didn't think it was too long at all. Didn't buy the disc as I knew this was coming out, cant wait for this or the second part!! More

Posted by darthmhall101 at 17:24 on 25 June 2013 | Report This Post

The long-winded edition?
And there I was, thinking the theatrical version was waaaaayyyyy too long.... And hoping for a diminished edition... More

Posted by MarcusDes at 17:02 on 25 June 2013 | Report This Post

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