THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY to Run 2 Hours and 40 minutes

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Each film in the The Lord of the Rings trilogy was around three hours in their theatrical cuts.  The Hobbit was originally set to be a duology, but then director Peter Jackson realized he had so much material, he would have to expand his adaptation into a trilogy.  Perhaps the expansion has given a little breathing room to each film, or at least to the audience.  Speaking to Empire, Jackson has revealed that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has a runtime of 2 hours and 40 minutes.  I would still recommend hitting the bathroom before the movie and staying away from the large soda.

Hit the jump for Jackson’s full quote, and click here for a new TV spot.  The film stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Peter Hambleton, John Callen, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, James Nesbitt, William Kircher, Aidan Turner, Dean O’Gorman, Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown and Stephen HunterThe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens December 14th.

the-hobbit-posterHere’s what Jackson told Empire:

“It’s looking like it’s going to be about ten minutes shorter than Fellowship was,” explains Jackson. “So it’s going to be officially our shortest Middle-earth yet. I mean, Fellowship was just under three hours and this is about 2 hours 40 minutes at the moment.”

Here’s the official synopsis for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey:

The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever…Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of ingenuity and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities… A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

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  • Drake

    That’s still a very long run time. But I’m fine with it.

  • TheHOYT

    It wouldn’t be a Peter Jackson – JRR Tolkien adaptation if my butt wasn’t numb after viewing it. Just like old times, eh?

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  • Lance

    I’m not sure this is a good sign. LOTR was an epic series, the extra time was needed and Jackson still had to cut material from the books.

    The Hobbit is just one book. You could conceivably tell this story in one movie, let alone three. So for the first film to clock in at almost three hours?

    Don’t get me wrong. I want this to be great. I just hope Jackson doesn’t indulge himself too much, like he did with Kong.

    • D

      Yes, the hobbit is one book but the middle earth series is like 10-15 books. So Peter Jackson is taking stuff from those books like he did for Lord of the Rings and combining other stories that tie into The Hobbit.

      • MrMcMac

        10-15 Books? You probably mean the Lost Tales, Silmarillion and all that. But those Stories have nothing to do with the story of the Hobbit, the very most of it is even set in another Age. Plus, the Tolkien Estate has the film rights for those, so PJ couldn’t use them anyway. All he can relate on, apart from the Hobbit book, are the Appendices. They have some Dwarven Backstory, that’s true, but that’s about it (in terms of stuff beeing useful to put in a The Hobbit movie, they’re not going to use Aragorn’s & Arwen’s love story). I still hope PJ does the right thing in stretching the material out like that, but i’m a little nervous.

      • MrMcMac

        10-15 books? You probably mean the Lost Tales, Silmarillion and all that. But those Stories have nothing to do with the story of the Hobbit, the very most of it is even set in another age. Plus, the Tolkien Estate has the film rights for those, so PJ couldn’t use them anyway. All he can relate on, apart from the Hobbit book, are the Appendices. They have some dwarven backstory, that’s true, but that’s about it (in terms of stuff beeing useful to put in a The Hobbit movie, they’re not going to use Aragorn’s & Arwen’s love story). I still hope PJ does the right thing in stretching the material out like that, but i’m a little nervous.

        Sorry if this is a double post, i got an error message.

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  • Jacob

    Doesn’t Peter Jackson say explicitly in the article that the film is 2hr40 minutes right now WITHOUT credits. Meaning that this isn’t an official runtime. Plus, PJ is known for having longass credits. (The Lovely Bones had 15 minutes of ending credits)

  • Driver

    Umh, who cares with credits how long it is? I’m not knocking the importance of the credits but what people really care about is the ACTUAL film length run time and how it compares to the rest of the trilogy. As it currently stands this film is surprisingly long for the first of three adaptions of a single book that is shorter than any of the LOTR books…

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