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

     June 25, 2013

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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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