Posted on 6:45 pm,
December 8, 2012

Despite adding a third Hobbit film late in the production process, director Peter Jackson revealed today that there’s still plenty of material to be included with An Unexpected Journey’s Extended Edition.

Jackson hosted a Q&A following a screening of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey at Ain’t It Cool News’ Butt-Numb-A-Thon 14 in Austin, Texas today. Reports indicate that the director confirmed 20 – 25 minutes of additional footage with the Extended Edition. With the theatrical version clocking in at 2 hours, 40 minutes, that means Extended Edition will run at least 3 hours.

Warner Bros. first confirmed An Unexpected Journey’s Extended Edition this past October, but then backtracked on the initial press release which noted various home releases coming in 2013.

It’s no secret that Jackson and his team have had to dream up a lot of extra material for The Hobbit film trilogy. J.R.R. Tolkien’s Hobbit novel is smaller than even the three Lord of the Rings books. Jackson has pulled from the Lord of the Rings appendices for plot lines, and reviews for An Unexpected Journey indicate that there are many sub-stories that both add and detract from the overall film.

We’re impressed that despite all of this, An Unexpected Journey’s Extended Edition will have so much extra footage. We have to think that Desolation of Smaug and There and Back Again’s Extended Editions will also include a similar amount of additional material. Speaking of those two films, see the first photo released from each here and here respectively.

Will you pick up An Unexpected Journey’s Extended Edition next year?

  • Meur123

    Let’s just say this, I really enjoyed the extended editions of lotr. I feel that they were superior to the theatrical releases but there was no point in which I wasn’t wondering how long there was left.

    I would have been really happy if the Hobbit was made into one, or maybe two movies and had extended editions. But three? ugh, this is ridiculous, are you trying to make the films longer to watch than actually reading the books?

  • isenhobbitz

    Peter Jackson, please do not disappoint me….I have too much emotion invested in this franchise….0_0

  • http://twitter.com/EtaripCisum Clint Arthemis Golub

    I’m actually really happy to hear this. I have full confidence that these movies will be regarded as classics within the next decade just as LotR have become.

  • RussellTurner

    Hearing Steven Colbert talk about the film in good terms brings excitement because he is a huge fan!

  • Whispy360

    YES! I love the LotR extended editions and like to marathon them over a weekend… now I can add in the Hobbit, too!

  • Jess

    I’m actually almost as excited for the bonus material as I am for the actual film. I think more movies should strive to show more behind the scenes stuff like Jackson did with the lotr trilogy.

  • Jen

    I will never, ever complain about any extra hobbit/lotr material. He could make the hobbit into twelve movies and I wouldn’t complain. He’s a fantastic director, huge fan, and wants to do tolkien justice. that’s enough for me.

  • Pete.

    Hope when all three are released, Peter Jackson would realize his mistakes and edit all three into one Epic, concentrated movie by cutting all unnecessary sequences and leaving them for an extended edition. *day dreaming*

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=17127641 Laura Jurgensmeyer

    I wouldn’t expect anything else!

  • Jeremiah Burns

    I never purchased the theatrical versions of LotR, but I agonised over the eventual release of the EEs. I see no reason to buck that trend. EEs all the way.

  • lore lover

    I’m still mad they’re doing three films. So if I don’t absolutely love it…no. No I won’t.

  • Rea

    I watched an advanced screening of The Hobbit on Saturday, and I loved it. The whole theater was completely silent throughout the whole film; they were so enthralled. It was so good! Don’t be worried! It stayed true to the book and was just as good as the LOTR films!

    • Rea

      They screened it at the Hanscom AFB for military families for free, which was really nice of them! The movie is worth seeing it again though! Going to watch it in IMAX when it releases!!

  • VideoKilledSeverusSnape

    I ain’t gonna complain…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maria-Wang/542480760 Maria Wang

    So, 1 book, 3 movies, a potential for 9 hours of film in total. Well, this could certainly qualify as a miniseries now.

  • 7Starrchasers

    I know some people find it boring etc etc but for the past few years I’ve only watched the LoTR extended editions so this kinda makes me very happy.

  • http://twitter.com/dreamfall31 Kevin Slechta

    Just watched a 12+ hour marathon of the trilogy and realized I’ll never get sick of these movies. Cannot wait to see the extended versions of the Hobbit films!

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