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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?

    • Factualization

      The Hobbit FILMS are not exclusively based on the Hobbit BOOK (singular) but instead feature the appendices of LOTR and how Tolkien saw the whole of Middle Earth to have panned out, more so than what he wrote in The Hobbit.

      This is why he once revisited The Hobbit with the hopes of editting it into a much longer book; but scrapped the idea mid-way through, not wanted to lose the child-friendly charm.

  • 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.

    • Calixto

      i agree compleately

  • 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.

    • Jurelotrfan

      I agree. As far as I’m concerned, if they ever make Silmarillion (the same team that made LOTR), I wouldn’t care if they split it into 20 movies. As far as Tolkien is concerned: shut up and take my money.

  • 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!

  • rokos

    I saw the movie 2 days ago, and while I loved it overall, I felt there were some unnecessary or overly long scenes in it and that the movie would have been a lot better if they had paid more attention to a round story instead of another and yet another and still another fight scene. Also, while Gollum and the Goblin king were a delight, I was decidedly unimpressed with some of the location CGI and especially Azog (the realisation AND the story line).

    I was actually hoping for a Special Edition that was shorter than the cinema relase. That would have been novel. But alas, I’ll probably rent the extended version just to see if it feels less rushed and more balanced.

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.duncan.9 James Duncan

    I feel I might be a little too awkward saying this, but: “J.R.R. Tolkien’s Hobbit novel is smaller than even the three Lord of the Rings books” <- The Lord of the Rings is one novel divided into six books (Book I, Book II etc), published in three volumes (Fellowship, Towers and Return). So it would be more correct to use the term 'volume' than book!

  • Michael

    But will the extended edition be at 48 fps and in 3D? That’s what I want to know

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=811105556 Abdallah Hamidavi

      Probably not. I can’t remember exactly why, but 48 fps isn’t going to be available for home viewing for a while.

  • john

    i hear there’s 54 additional minutes of bilbo trying to decide what to pack for his unexpected journey

  • omma

    I love LOTR and I think Peter Jackson is a great director! So I don’t think I will be disappointed. I’ve seen The Hobbit in theaters and I kinda wished it was longer! Can’t wait for the next movie and the extended version!

  • harley

    deffinatley getting the extended version

  • tman418

    You know, most directors often have the decency to include the extra footage on a film’s initial release, either to be incorporated into the film’s cut or released as “deleted/extended scenes.” Yes of course, there are plenty of directors who only do it years later, if not decades later. Sometimes they often do it because they don’t want viewers to see these scenes, or maybe the directors want to finish them up before putting them in the release, who knows?

    But what I hate is the attempt to milk the buyers’ money when you KNOW you’re going to release something better later. So, I’m waiting for the extended cut.

  • Elbereth Githoniel

    Yay!! I’m so happy he made it into three!! I’m buying all the extended versions!! I mean, if it was only one movie, it would be over already and I’d die. Bless you, Peter Jackson!! Three is the perfect number! And I love every single one of your movies! Love them!!!

  • Calixto

    I loved the movie and the book. Can’t wait for Extended Edition with the audio comentaries and making of feateretts. to see Peter Jackson and Richard Taylor again. it will be great. :-)

  • Anarchylogic

    I like the extended footage from LOTR and look forward to the Hobbit. I think it may become a trend in the film industry; doing a threatrical film and the extra footage added to sell more DVD/BR discs. Anyone that has read The Wheel of Time series of books by Jordon (adult themed fantacy novels; 13 in all) knows that there is really no way to put everything into a theatrical presentation from a massive epic novel. The extended versions on discs for home viewing is really a good marketing idea… tough I’m sure that it will take film makers and production companies a wile to figure the best way to market the consept from the outset of the theatrical release.

    I like the extended versions, gives you a chance to pause them and hit the can when you need to and still see the expanded story line.

  • Old Car Guy

    Let the extended version be released – I am sure it will be worth the price!!

  • Christoper

    Extended Editions rule, and I for one am thankful that Peter Jackson is once again treating us movie fans to his overwhelming generosity. I say: Bring it on… I want to see the whole thing. I think ALL movies should have Extended Editions – RELEASED ON DVD, NOT JUST SHOWN ON TV. I cannot describe in words how much I hate it when I’m not only forced to watch deleted scenes outside the context of a movie, but when I have to watch a stupid intro where the director gives a slew of lame excuses why he cut out a particular scene… and the intro is even LONGER than the scene he’s getting ready to show! That REALLY infuriates me…..

  • BilboWatson

    yes!!!

  • Rick

    I stopped going to the theater to see these epic films after the first LOTR film. I now wait not only until the extended version comes out, but until all 3 of a trilogy are released as extended versions. Sorry, but they only get my money once.

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