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“Hobbit: Unexpected Journey” Shortest Film In Series

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When Peter Jackson announced that he would be turning “The Hobbit” into three films, some fans of the Tolkien books groaned. Even though he’s well-known for his drawn-out storytelling style, some don’t think the tale of “The Hobbit” needs to be spread out over a trilogy, regardless of how gorgeous the effects are sure to be.

But hardcore fans of the films are elated to finally have photos, a trailer, and an estimated running time for the first film, entitled “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”. At two hours and forty minutes, Jackson says–rather proudly–that it’s the shortest film in the entire series so far.

Fans will also be happy to see familiar faces, especially that of Gandalf the Grey, played by Ian McKellen. McKellen wasn’t sure he wanted to appear in the trilogy at first, however, saying that it didn’t seem very challenging.

“It was a little like going back to something that wasn’t necessarily going to be particularly challenging,” he said. “Gandalf is still inside me, as it were, so the business of getting to know a new character — I was sort of going to be robbed of that.”

“The Hobbit: Unexpected Journey” is due out in theaters December 14th.

“Hobbit: Unexpected Journey” Shortest Film In Series
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  • Trevor Gowe

    I think it’s great it’s going to be a trilogy… more to enjoy.

  • Rosso

    Gonna make bank on this film.

  • Cp

    zero plans to see this. and how about the comment from McKellen how ful of himself is he anyway. Oh well geeks enjoy this one, but 3 hours of your time for this crud, really???

    • hey

      you seem fun.

      • Alex

        took the words from my mouth.

  • alexis jeangaby

    It’is ok

  • alexis jeangaby

    It’s ok.

  • Francisco

    Anyone know if there may be a possibility of any plans for bringing “The Silmarillion” to the big screen? I’m sure that it would be just as entertaining as both “The Hobbit” or “The Lord Of The Rings” trilogy. I hope someone decides to produce it in our life-time. It would surely require more than one movie!

    • Len Goldstein

      Sorry Francisco, there appears to be zero chance that Tolkien’s Masterpiece ‘The Silmarillion’ will ever make it to the big screen. His son who runs the estate refuses to sell the rights to New Line and he has also refused to see LotR and doubtful he will even see ‘The Hobbit’. I too feel the way you do, I’d love to see it on the silver screen and Jackson and Co. would be perfect to adapt it. Alas…

    • Rich

      I want to see the Dark Elf brought to the big screen…..

  • gregory Cooper

    I want to see it, but agree dragging it out is unnecessary. As a result, I will wait until the last one is released, then watch the first two before going to the theater.

  • keith

    to the fools who don’t want to see it, then why are you here commenting? you are the ones who r to stupid for words.

    This will be brilliant as PJ wouldn’t have taken it on unless he will do it correctly. LOR was brilliant and for tolkien’s son to have not seen LOR or this? he is an idiot of epic proportions. Hope he dies soon then and his heirs will gladly get his fathers other works properly dealt with.

  • BT

    2 hrs 40 min..and this is the shortest one? Is Jackson going to provide urinal bottles for us?

    • BT

      Other than that, I look forward to seeing it. I just won’t buy a big movie theater soda.

    • Alex (from the grave) Karas

      they are actually called catheders!

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