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Jackson Reveals 'Hobbit''s Running Time -- 'Our Shortest Middle-Earth Yet' (But Still Epic)

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 24, 2012 at 12:59PM

Empire magazine's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" edition (on newstands October 25, with five collectors' covers) arrives with some juicy new details for fans of Peter Jackson's ongoing Tolkien franchise, including the film's running time.
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Ian McKellan as Gandalf
Empire Ian McKellan as Gandalf

Empire magazine's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" edition (on newstands October 25, with five collectors' covers) arrives with some juicy new details for fans of Peter Jackson's ongoing Tolkien franchise, including the film's running time.

Jackson tells Empire, "It's going to be about ten minutes shorter than 'Fellowship' was. So it's going to be officially our shortest Middle-Earth yet... [It] is about two hours and forty minutes at the moment."

The credits sequences and certain visual effects are still to be added, which will slightly increase the theatrical run time. There's much speculation about how expensive Jackson's expanded trilogy is going to be. (Comic-Con video here; THR talked to Jackson.)

Check out the latest trailer for "The Hobbit" here.

Below, Empire's character covers for Bilbo, Gandalf, Gollum, Galadriel and Thorin:

Bilbo character cover Empire
Gandalf character cover Empire
Gollum character cover Empire
Galadriel character cover Empire
Thorin character cover Empire

This article is related to: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Peter Jackson, News, Empire Magazine, Lord of the Rings/Hobbit, News


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.