AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY To Be Peter Jackson's Shortest Trip To Middle-Earth Yet

AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY To Be Peter Jackson's Shortest Trip To Middle-Earth Yet

Considering the fact that Peter Jackson's big screen adaptation of The Hobbit recently became a trilogy, it should perhaps come as no surprise that An Unexpected Journey will be shorted than any of The Lord of the Rings films. Hit the jump to read the director's comments!

We've heard a lot of conflicting reports about exactly how long The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is going to be, but Empire managed to catch up with Peter Jackson himself for an OFFICIAL word on the running time. "It’s looking like it’s going to be about ten minutes shorter than Fellowship was," Jackson told the site. "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." Seeing as the studio decided to add a third instalment, it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise that each of them will now be a little shorter. By no means a bad thing for those of you who found the first three to be bum-numbingly long!

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 Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters 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 guile 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.


Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins
Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey
Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield
Andy Serkis as Gollum
Hugo Weaving as Elrond
Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug
Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman
Christopher Lee as Saruman the White
Cate Blanchett as Galadriel
Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins
Orlando Bloom as Legolas

RELEASE DATE: December 14th, 2012.

Posted By:
Josh Wilding
Member Since 3/13/2009
Filed Under "Fantasy" 10/24/2012 Source: Empire Online
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JerBear - 10/24/2012, 4:11 AM
I loved how long the trilogy was. I want to stay in that world as long as possible.
ElShumway - 10/24/2012, 4:15 AM
Good, I like long movies, because I like seeing people with short attention spans bitching about the length.

As for The Hobbit, I don't care. Jackson has turned into a hack quite some time ago and his LOTR trilogy sucked anyway. Bunch of dudes just walking around. Meh. I'll go see this to watch the Man of Steel trailer and then I'll leave, taking my money back. Woo!
Boekelaar - 10/24/2012, 4:27 AM
I love PJ, The Hobbit will be great :) And LOTR and King Kong may be really long but Jackson keeps you engaged the whole time, I expect nothing less from Hobbit.
CoulsonLives - 10/24/2012, 4:36 AM
Haters Gonna Hate grif and gordon...
WelcomeBackFrank - 10/24/2012, 4:42 AM
Grif is mad about something again? Surprise! Surprise! Didn't see that coming.... *sarcasm*
siggisuperman - 10/24/2012, 4:47 AM
This movie will be great. Even Grifs heart will grow a few sizes
NorseGod - 10/24/2012, 4:48 AM
I have a feeling each subsequent film will be the "shortest trip to Middle-Earth yet".
Kayo - 10/24/2012, 4:52 AM
i thought it was longer than what was i expected.......but still, 2 hours and 40 minutes seems where in for an epic ride to Middle Earth once again.

can't wait
DrRockso - 10/24/2012, 4:57 AM
JerBear me too
AC1 - 10/24/2012, 4:58 AM
I really enjoyed the book, but I'm struggling to think of how it's being split into three films each of which is at least 2hrs 40mins long, I mean Jackson must be really milking the appendices of the Lord of the Rings books to fill out these movies.

I'm sure I'll enjoy the trilogy anyway.
ManofSteel23 - 10/24/2012, 4:59 AM
Im glad it's this long and that there are now 3,I loved going to cinema and seeing these epic adventures and now I can do it all again
AlSimmons - 10/24/2012, 5:32 AM
lol ONLY 2:40.
ronnie42 - 10/24/2012, 5:32 AM
0:42 Was that odo?

Super12 - 10/24/2012, 5:38 AM
Make them as long as possible. The more Middle-Earth I can see the better.
Feedthemachine - 10/24/2012, 5:52 AM
2 hours and 40 minutes is far from short. If each film is around that length, then we're talking about eight hours of Middle Earth, which sounds great to me.
comicb00kguy - 10/24/2012, 6:36 AM
The LOTR films NEEDED to be at least three hours each, because that much time was needed to tell the story, even in an abridged form. The story still moved at a brisk pace because there was so much material to cover. The Hobbit doesn't need anywhere near that long to tell. It's only one book. Even incorporating the LOTR appendices, the story could be told in two movies, around two and a half hours each or so. I'm expecting these things to be seriously padded to make three movies out of this material. Bakshi did the Hobbit in one film. Why does Jackson automatically need three?
GodzillaKart - 10/24/2012, 7:12 AM
LOTR was a three book series. The Hobbit was one simple book. I think the three movie thing is silly.
Facade - 10/24/2012, 7:17 AM
The more the merrier!
NoAssemblyReqd - 10/24/2012, 7:30 AM
No good movie is too long. The LOTR are great movies.

I recommend watching the films an hour at a time, like a miniseries.
bhorwith22 - 10/24/2012, 7:35 AM
First of all, that is still an extremely long film.
Second, the third Hobbit film is going to be another film with its own filming schedule, not a simple recut of two films into three.
SecretApprentice71 - 10/24/2012, 8:02 AM
the first trilogy bored me a bit, i'm hoping these will keep my attention-- wouldn't want to fall asleep in the theaters...
Nomis1800 - 10/24/2012, 8:09 AM
Well that's still a pretty long film :P
bagadoosh - 10/24/2012, 9:52 AM
evilness - 10/24/2012, 10:38 AM

dude... that mini-rant was kinda forced. we've come to expect a little better from you.

at 2 hours 40 minutes, this is hardly a short film.
NorseGod - 10/24/2012, 12:57 PM
@comicbookguy Bakshi didn't do Hobbit, he did 2/3 of the Lord of the Rings.
Boyle360 - 10/24/2012, 1:57 PM
That's still plenty long.
DrDoom - 10/24/2012, 2:51 PM
shit movie

parascythe - 10/24/2012, 5:21 PM
well what do you expect there are lots of dwarves and hobbits in this movies

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