Hobbit writer reveals why Gandalf's motives cut from 1st film

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Jan 14, 2013, 2:52 PM EST

Though director Peter Jackson took his time ramping up the action in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, we still didn't get much insight into why Gandalf is right in the middle of this dwarf mission. Turns out those scenes were there to start with—but got bumped in the editing room.

Hobbit writer Philippa Boyens told Vulture that Gandalf's (Ian McKellen) motivations for getting involved will come to light before the trilogy is over, most likely in the second film, The Desolation of Smaug. MINOR SPOILERS!

She explained how the genesis of Sauron's return, and the death of Thorin's father Thrain, will play out as the journey continues:

"We did try it at the front of this movie, and then we moved it. Yes, it's very important that we're going to be doing that. We will be meeting Thráin, and it may be in unfortunate circumstances. It may involve torture. The discovery of who or what is in Dol Guldur is a fantastic part of the storytelling, so yes, of course we went there."
Peter Jackson didn't want to divulge too much, other than the fact that he's working on the Battle of the Five Armies (and it should rock), but promised he has it all worked out in his head:
"There's a lot of potential, isn't there? You never know what we've already filmed as well. But there's certainly a lot of great material, and we'll make good use of it ... We've shot [Desolation], we've cut it, and we just need to refine it."
Do you like how Jackson is breaking up the story, or do you wish they'd opted for two films instead of three?

(Via Vulture)

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