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.
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.
Best of the Web
David Bowie Wanted to Be in Lord of the Rings
Lord of the Rings star Dominic Monaghan confirms that David Bowie actually auditioned for a role in Peter Jackson's epic fantasy saga.
Nerd Alert: X-Men: Apocalypse Easter Eggs & Evil Star Wars Prank
Take a look at a Twin Peaks/Britney Spears mashup, Revenge of the Sith gets an Honest Trailer, and a Princess Bride star disses Ted Cruz in Nerd Alert.
Peter Jackson Admits Why The Hobbit Trilogy Was a Mess
Director Peter Jackson reveals he didn't have enough time to prepare for The Hobbit trilogy, after Guillermo del Toro backed out as director.
Watch The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies R-Rated Extended Fight Scenes
Extended scenes from the R-rated cut of Battle of the Five Armies have more blood and gory action.
The Hobbit Trilogy Extended Edition Trailer Has New Footage
Warner Bros. is teaming up with Fathom Events for a three-night theatrical event where fans can see Extended Editions of all three Hobbit movies.
Hobbit Trilogy Extended Edition Comes to Theaters This October
Fathom Events and Warner Bros. have released a trailer for The Hobbit Extended Edition trilogy theatrical event happening this fall.