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About movie duration

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Sep 25 2012, 3:38pm


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Hello, I've been reading in this forum for some time and I noticed that some members fear AUJ to be only 2h long, because the ending happens sooner in the story than what was originally planned.

When the plan was to make only two hobbit movies, AUJ was probably supposed to be 3h long, and because a third of the story is passing to TDoS, it feels kind of intuitive to suppose that a third of the duration has to be deducted too.
But, if the filmmakers felt that they had too much material for two movies, it is probable that they decided to change the proportional ratio between book and movie, and a page of the book will imply more movie time in a trilogy than in a duology.

Jackson is not known for his hesitation to make very long movies. Since the structure in the hobbit works a lot more in my opinion for two movies than for three, it is probable that he tried the longest possible movies with this structure, something like 200min each wich was the duration of the theatrical version of TRoK, and still felt like he couldn't use all his material. He accepted to cut off at least 20min of TRoK in order to make it possible to be shown in theaters, so he probably wouldn't split the Hobbit in three for less than 40min (20 for AUJ an 20 for TaBA) of extra material that he really would like to show. And he decided to shoot extra scenes this years, for a couple of months, so he will probably add at least 40min other minutes of film material.

Finally it seems reasonable to suppose that the three movies together will have a duration of at least 200+200+40+40 = 480min = 2h30 each. At least ! So there's still hope for a three hour movie. I know it's not enough to have any certitude, and maybe it doesn't even work, but it's a bit reassuring.

I'm sorry if i'm not very clear, like a lot of people in this forum, english is not my native language.

By the way, did you know that TLotR was at a time only suppose to be addapted in only two movies, and that a this time Jackson was planning to end the first movie at Hamon Hen, on an encounter between frodo and the witch king ? I read it on a description in John Howe's website, when i was trying to have a glimpse of what Smaug could look like. With all the thoughts going on how to split the hobbit, it's kind of a funny thing to imagine !

Subject User Time
About movie duration Ffnir Send a private message to Ffnir Sep 25 2012, 3:38pm
    As I keep pointing out Fardragon Send a private message to Fardragon Sep 25 2012, 3:49pm
        Avatar was close to 3 hours DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Sep 25 2012, 3:55pm
            Not everyone does Fardragon Send a private message to Fardragon Sep 26 2012, 6:23am
                Hence the 2D version will be available at the same time ;-) / DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Sep 26 2012, 7:11am
        Would make the decision to go 3D a pretty bad one NT Shelob'sAppetite Send a private message to Shelob'sAppetite Sep 25 2012, 4:34pm
            Not in WB's mind imin Send a private message to imin Sep 25 2012, 4:48pm
                It's not always all about money ! Ffnir Send a private message to Ffnir Sep 25 2012, 5:11pm
                    I dont think PJ is doing it for money imin Send a private message to imin Sep 25 2012, 5:23pm
                        Sadly, I agree with you. Solicitr Send a private message to Solicitr Sep 25 2012, 6:08pm
                        Agreed DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Sep 25 2012, 6:10pm
                            He is rich alright! imin Send a private message to imin Sep 25 2012, 6:41pm
                        I would add one factor to the mix. Kangi Ska Send a private message to Kangi Ska Sep 25 2012, 7:23pm
                        I'm pretty sure PJ is doing it for money as well stoutfiles Send a private message to stoutfiles Sep 25 2012, 7:40pm
        Were people who saw Avatar complaing about eye strain? stoutfiles Send a private message to stoutfiles Sep 25 2012, 4:52pm
            Yes many people who saw Avatar complained about eye strain Kangi Ska Send a private message to Kangi Ska Sep 25 2012, 7:29pm
                I saw Avatar in 2-D Solicitr Send a private message to Solicitr Sep 26 2012, 1:27am
        I think 48fps makes 3d easier for the eye Ffnir Send a private message to Ffnir Sep 25 2012, 4:57pm
    I'm not convinced about the running time Radagast-Aiwendil Send a private message to Radagast-Aiwendil Sep 25 2012, 4:16pm
        but in all fairness Sinister71 Send a private message to Sinister71 Sep 25 2012, 11:30pm
            The worst part about that stoutfiles Send a private message to stoutfiles Sep 26 2012, 12:08am
            He should've realised when editing it together! / DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Sep 26 2012, 7:12am
            I agree entirely with what you're saying, but I just don't think PJ will let us down Radagast-Aiwendil Send a private message to Radagast-Aiwendil Sep 26 2012, 4:16pm

 
 
 

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