‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ Runtime Revealed

We also have five Empire magazine covers featuring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Gollum, Cate Blanchett, and Richard Armitage.
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‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ Runtime Revealed

Empire Magazine is about to unveil their "ultimate issue" centering on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, where director Peter Jackson reveals the runtime is currently set for two hours and 40 minutes. The publication also revealed five special covers for the issue, featuring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis' Gollum, Cate Blanchett, and Richard Armitage. Take a look at these magazine covers, then read on for more details straight from Peter Jackson.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Martin Freeman Empire Cover

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Ian McKellan Empire Cover

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Gollum Empire Cover

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Cate Blanchett Empire Cover

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Richard Armitage Empire Cover

Back in July, Warner Bros. confirmed that this Middle Earth adventure will be expanded into a trilogy, instead of the original two-part adaptation that was planned. Many wondered how this would affect the runtime, although the director revealed it will be just a bit shorter than The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring.

"It's looking like it's going to be about ten minutes shorter than Fellowship was. 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."

The filmmaker also added that the final credits have not been added and there are still a few effects shots left to be finished.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released December 14th, 2012.

Sources:Empire

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  • XxNickTheFilmCriticXx • 3 years ago

    @ROFLitschristian -- If a movie runs longer than it should, what else could that imply?

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    • bawnian-dexeus • 3 years ago

      Gandalf looks possessed

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      • ROFLitschristian • 3 years ago

        @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Except no one said anything about filler? ...

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        • XxNickTheFilmCriticXx • 3 years ago

          @moviegeek -- Good point.

          @ROFLitschristian -- Filler doesn't "fly by". It does the exact opposite, actually.

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          • redcameraman • 3 years ago

            Love the pictures AND the runtime. :-)

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            • moviegeek • 3 years ago

              @shuabert idk. I guess I'm really not that big of a fan of the Lord of the Rings to get excited about Jackson scraping up every last piece of information he can find to film.

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              • gandalf05 • 3 years ago

                nice

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                • 2movieguys • 3 years ago

                  I figured as much!!

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                  • bawnian-dexeus • 3 years ago

                    If this were a TV series, it would run as long as ER

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                    • shuabert • 3 years ago

                      @moviegeek But they're not appendices, they're entire published works that exist independently of LotR and The Hobbit.

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                      • moviegeek • 3 years ago

                        @shuabert I would be less offended, and also less interested. I don't care to see Tolkien's appendixes brought to the big screen.

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                        • shuabert • 3 years ago

                          @moviegeek@thedude-abides Would you be less offended if it wasn't called The Hobbit? There is enough material in Tolkein's Legendarium to make several dozen films. It's entirely possible to make a trilogy based on the events that occur in the Hobbit novel by fleshing it out with history and expanding the context to the larger world. Hell, Jackson doesn't even have to invent new sh*t, because Tolkein was so detailed about everything that was going on at any given time.

                          @ghostman Yeah, I think all three of the films will be pulling from the appendices, as well as Unfinished Tales and the Silmarillion.

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                          • narrator • 3 years ago

                            These posters looked pretty mediocre (though I still enjoyed Gollum's) until I got to Galadriel's. My breath almost hitched, it was so surprisingly mesmerizing. Everything about it seems as though she was something delicate frozen in time. I'm probably the only one paying it so much attention, but I absolutely love that cover and wouldn't mind having it as a one-sheet for my house.

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                            • asif • 3 years ago

                              Nice.

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                              • ghostman • 3 years ago

                                @shuabert Actually, Peter Jackson mentioned how the third movie will be based off of Tolkien's appendices. So maybe you are right.

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                                • thedude-abides • 3 years ago

                                  I agree w/ @moviegeek. Completely ridiculous considering it's being made into a trilogy, and all three films are likely to have similar runtimes.

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                                  • shuabert • 3 years ago

                                    @ghostman What are you talking about? Nothing has been suggested that part 2 will be an "intermission" based on appendices. There aren't even any appendices IN the Hobbit. The entire trilogy is going to span the one novel, with elements and subplots pulled from other Tolkien writings brought in to flesh out the story. For instance, there will probably be a lot of back story about the previous war between Orcs and Dwarves to set up the current quest, and there will be a lot of stuff about why Gandalf is involved and the importance of holding the North against Sauron's growing power.

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                                    • brady1138 • 3 years ago

                                      @rudy Because three hour runtimes tend to scare off more casual audiences. But that didn't stop LOTR from being a huge success. Anyway, there's inevitably going to be an Extended Edition (true to Jackson form) so I bet you needn't worry :)

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                                      • rudy • 3 years ago

                                        Come on just put it at 3 hours. Why are movie studios so scared of 3 hour run times??

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                                        • cheetoboy • 3 years ago

                                          Cool Posters especially Gollum's.

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