This longer cut of the movie is slated to debut in November, before The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hits theaters in December. Director Peter Jackson recently teased some of the added footage fans will see, that wasn't in the theatrical cut. And he explained why he is putting certain scenes back in this particular version of the movie.
"You are going to get some serious Dwarvish disrespect of the elves at Rivendell. 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."
Screenwriter Philippa Boyens added that more of Hobbiton is shown in some earlier scenes, before Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) goes off on his epic adventure.
"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."
Writer Fran Walsh explained that fans will see more of Goblin Town, and a deleted musical number.
"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."
Peter Jackson added that Lee Pace's elven king Thranduil and his conflict with the dwarves is explained more throroughly.
"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..."
Are you looking forward to this cut of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey? Or is it just to much bloat for an already bloated movie?
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released December 14th, 2012 and stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter. The film is directed by Peter Jackson.