Peter Jackson Talks “Extended” (really?!?) ‘Hobbit’

Peter Jackson Talks “Extended” (really?!?) ‘Hobbit’
Germain Lussier - /Film

Jackson and his team are currently finishing the second film, The Desolation of Smaug, as well as the Extended Edition of An Unexpected Journey.

This is presumably because the film had been cut so short and they left so much on the cutting room floor because of the amount of discipline they exercised in editing this film…

Will it enhance the film or just make it feel longer?


  • “You are going to get some serious Dwarvish disrespect of the elves at Rivendell.” – Peter Jackson
  • “You are going to get more of Hobbiton. We always wanted to wend our way through Hobbiton, but in the end Bilbo has to run out of the door.” - Philippa Boyens
  • “You are going to get more Goblin Town, and the Great Goblin singing his song. It is a great song, but it was just another delay in terms of moving the story along.”  - Fran Walsh
  • “We are putting things in the extended cut that are going to play straight into the second film 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.”  - Jackson
  • “There are also issues with [king of the elves] Thranduil (Lee Pace). We get some of the reason why he and the dwarves had a falling out – to do with these white gems…”
    – Jackson

So, it’s just going to make it feel longer. Hey, have you guys heard of editing and making the tough but necessary decisions?