Just like the movies in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey wasn’t what you would call short. In fact, it had a bit of padding. I loved every minute of it, but I was left wondering what they could possibly include in an extended edition. It turns out there will be a longer version of the film made available though. Peter Jackson and Philippa Boyens teased the extras in an interview with Empire.
“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.”
“You are going to get more Goblin Town, and the Great Goblin singing his song,” adds Fran Walsh, Jackson’s other half and fellow screenwriter. “It is a great song, but it was just another delay in terms of moving the story along.”
“A number one hit from the Goblin King,” laughs Jackson. “Barry Humphries is going to rise up the charts.”
“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…”
Is it really necessary? Nah. But as a Tolkien and Middle Earth fan, I’ll eat it all up.
You’ll be able to purchase the extended edition around November.
Check out the full video inteview after the break.