Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, and Fran Walsh Talk about THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY – EXTENDED EDITION

     June 25, 2013


The theatrical cut of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey already feels like an extended edition, but it turns out there’s plenty more footage to expand the first film of the The Hobbit trilogy.  Personally, I wouldn’t mind getting to know more about the individual dwarves, but it doesn’t look like there will be much of that.  As far as the dwarves go, Peter Jackson tells Empire, “You are going to get some serious Dwarvish disrespect of the elves at Rivendell.”  There will also be more time spent at some of the film’s key locales.  “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.”  I think we’re all pretty familiar with Hobbiton, so I’m not sure where else there is to go.  Co-writer Fran Walsh adds that we’ll also be spending more time in the Goblin Town and hear the Great Goblin sing his song.  “It is a great song,” says Walsh, “but it was just another delay in terms of moving the story along.”

Hit the jump for what else will be included on the extended edition, and how it will tie in to the next movie, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which opens on December 13th.  The extended edition is expected to arrive sometime in November.

Speaking to Empire, Jackson says:

“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…”

Even though I found An Unexpected Journey to be a bit of a disappointment, I’m still curious to see how the extended edition plays in relation to Desolation of Smaug.  I imagine that things like the black arrows and the white gems will be reiterated similar to the way Jackson handled Lembas bread in the extended edition of Fellowship of the Ring and the theatrical cut of The Two Towers.


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  • Skins

    The Hobbit: Boring, awkward, needless schlock

    • tonymatthews

      Your up votes is better than down votes because down votes need users to login…

      • Skins

        Im sorry your standards dropped in the decade since Lord of the Rings. I really am.

  • Littertray

    And this is one of the reasons I don’t buy “epic” films when they comeout anymore. Yet again Jackson is “double dipping” from fans and when the boxset comes out , will be “triple dipping”. It was bad enough with Lucas but at least there was a good few years between the different versions. This will be what, 6 months?

    • Steven Ray Morris

      We all knew from the beginning my friend. They were pretty transparent about the process. I’m avoiding the theatricals and just saving for the main course.

    • blakeavon

      Doubling dipping? Everyone knew there would be an extended cut. There was never doubt in that. Its hardly milking the fans it what we want. The LoTR extended cuts were like the most incredible examples of film makers treating fans with respect and instead of delivering measly extras gave as a bountiful supply. Maybe you aren’t old enough to remember their awesomeness?

      • Littertray

        But you’ll still be happy paying again for an extended,extended edition which will come with the boxset?
        Love to know what age has to do with it but I wonder if you remember the original awesomeness of seeing the original release of Star Wars at the cinema?? (age my ass)

      • Harry Palm

        Of course he’s happy. He’s a fanboy. Fanboys love buying the same crap over and over again in a vain attempt to fill the empty holes in their lives.

  • Josh Barnett

    Can’t tell you how much I LOVE when a “journalist” can’t keep his opinions out of a news piece. I used to think people were too harsh in Goldberg, but no, he deserves the hate. Just report the news. Save your opinions for your reviews.

  • Nomis1700

    You think everything is disappointing unfortunately…
    Only complaint I had with Unexpected Journey was that PJ used CG in some shots where I thought could’ve very well been done for real. But that’s pretty much it.

    • Hop

      Amen, I really liked it. Found it enjoyable, beautifully filmed, excellently acted, and well-crafted. I will most definitely be watching Part 2 and the Extended edition. I don’t care what Goldberg and the rest of you moron’s think.

      • Blackwater

        AYE – LOVE this film, love Bilbo and Dwarves. I’d like to see more on the dwarves myself, and I’d like to see a scene where Gandalf is talking Thorin into taking along a hobbit. The longer the better, I hate it when this movie ends – folks don’t HAVE to see the film or buy anything – watch clips online if that’s you’re thing.


    hmmm.. in general I am a fan of PJ, and the LOTR films were awesome, but I found the first installment of The Hobbit a bit turgid so additional bits like the ones mentioned above don´t necessarily tickle my fancy. Am also a bit worried about the bit on the “black arrows”. In the book, the guy from Dale shoots normal stuff, he just aims for a spot on the chest of the dragon that is bare of any scales, “naked as a snail” I believe is the way the book describes it. It makes the killing of Smaug that much more heroic, since it took a dead-eye aim and nerves of liquid nitrogen to shoot whilst the dragon rains fiery hell down all around him, and its night time, to boot.
    So an extraordinarily skilled shot is reduced to simply having the right tool for the job. Seems like an unnecessary alteration of the story.

    • Peter Jackson

      Wrong. In the book, Bard used a black arrow that he saved for last that has never failed him before and aimed for the bare spot on the dragons chest, which was reveal to him by the thrush.

  • Jacksy

    where is the nxt vlog??? that´s all im interested in, not some ee news.

  •‎ tarek

    I hate the gobelin king face.

    an unexpected journey was aiming younglings.

    I hope that the second part will be darker with less CGI.

    • RCarlson

      Honestly? I think the problem with the first Hobbit movie was that it tried to be an adult movie at all.

      The Hobbit was a children’s book, and it was never supposed to be an epic like Lord of the Rings. The movie tried too hard to emulate LotR, and that made it melodramatic and overlong; things that would not be fixed by a darker second part.

      Totally agree on wanting less CGI, though. No matter how technically advanced it gets, CG will always look cheaper than good practical effects.

    • blakeavon

      you do know its a “young adults” book?

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  • OhDawg

    LOL @ the idea that I would want that film to be even longer. Had they made it 2 films at about 1h45min each, I would have groaned but in the end it would have been OK. Longer versions of a film that is already about 45 minutes too long? No. Nooooo. Nope.

  • Joe

    I thought the three movies instead of one was already the “extended edition” ??
    Didn’t realize he wanted to remake the Never-ending Story…

  • Harry Palm

    The Hobbit Extended Edition! Even larger than Peter Jackson’s ego!

  • Simon Paiva

    I keep reading all of this negative comments, and I think to myself: what are these people doing here? It is as Peter Jackson said last year at Comicon, ” this is a movie made for fans FOR THE FANS” So if you dont have a connection to Middle Earth, as created by Tolkien and as envisioned by Jackson in both his trilogies, and you dont realisze how much of a gift the extended editions will be, in other words, if you’re not a fan, than your opinion is really irrelevant.

    • BeardieTheDuck

      I really hate this suggestion that those of us who don’t like this film are “not real fans” and “don’t know Tolkien”. I know Tolkien very well, thank you, and despite Jackson’s use of the word ‘appendices’ whenever people ask him about the extra stuff he pushes in, much of it is his own.

      You are aware that he does not have the rights to Unfinished Tales and the like, yes?

  • Simon Paiva

    I meant to say: “… made by fans, for the fans”

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