Jackson promises more Smaug, Goblin Town in extended Hobbit cut

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Jan 25, 2016, 2:05 PM EST (Updated)

Despite the fact that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey clocked in at a lengthy 2.5+ hours, director Peter Jackson apparently still has a lot of footage that didn’t make the cut. So what extras will be coming on the extended Blu-ray?

Jackson told Empire that, yes, there was still some material he would have liked to include — so he’ll be chopping together an even longer extended edition soon.

Here’s what we need to be on the lookout for: an extended scene of Girion defending the city of Dale from Smaug; some additional elf/dwarf scenes that will help explain why the groups don’t get along; an extended visit to Goblin Town; an extended version of the Great Goblin song; and a full tour of Hobbiton.

But Jackson promises all that extra footage isn’t just self-indulgence, and will actually tie directly into what’s coming in The Desolation of Smaug once it opens on Dec. 13:

"We are putting things in the extended cut that are going to play straight into the second film."

We’ll have to take his word for it for now, and hope this extended cut isn’t just bloatware.  As Jackson proved with the Lord of the Rings extended cuts, he’s an auteur of the long form — but he had a whole lot more canon to mine with those films. It’ll be interesting to see if the magic holds up as he chops three full-length (and now extended-cut) films out of a short prequel novel.

Do you think The Hobbit was a little long already, or have you been holding out for even more footage from Bilbo’s origin tale?

(Via Digital Spy)