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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Is Expectedly Long

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Director Peter Jackson sat down with Empire to talk about “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” his Middle-Earth prequel. He said it will be the shortest film yet in the saga, which still has it clocking in at about 2 hours and 40 minutes.”  Jackson did throw an “at the moment” caveat in there though. His legions of fans haven’t exactly been complaining, however.

The biggest news regarding this movie isn’t the length, but the format. Jackson is shooting at 48 frames per second, twice the normal speed. He predicts we’ll see more movies going to that setup in the not too distant future. Not all theaters are ready for that conversion, and we’re not certain if a 48 fps “Hobbit” will even reach all major cities.

This movie tells the story of Bilbo Baggins, who is helping recapture the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. Along the way he’ll encounter the tortured Gollum, and a ring that’s going to have a very big impact on his life. It’s coming December 14, and will undoubtedly be one of the biggest movies of the holiday season.

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