Jackson On More “Smaug,” “Dam Busters” Remake

If there was a surprise about “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” extended edition, it’s the fact that it wasn’t really that extended – the film scoring only an additional 13 minutes on top of its theatrical 169 minute runtime for a total of 182 minutes.

That quotient is being upped for the sequel. Filmmaker Peter Jackson confirmed at Comic Con that the upcoming “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” will clock in with around 25 minutes of extra footage. He tells Deadline:

“The Smaug movie, we’ve got 25 or 26 minutes of pretty good stuff for that DVD. The first one, there wasn’t that much we left on the cutting room floor and it wasn’t earth shattering. But this is worthwhile stuff that you haven’t seen before.”

‘Smaug’ has a 161 minute runtime, meaning the additions will bring it up to a 186 minute film.

With his work on the final “The Hobbit” drawing to a close, Jackson is already considering what’s next though reportedly hasn’t decided. He’s said to be pondering his sequel to “The Adventures of Tintin,” an episode of “Doctor Who”, and his long-gestating remake of the famed WW2 film “The Dam Busters”. In regards to the latter:

“It’s a very beloved story. I’ve had so many people the last five years come and ask, ‘When are you going to make The Dam Busters? When are you going to make The Dam Busters?’ Honestly, you ask me what I got out of five years of making The Hobbit? It was me feeling like I have to make The Dam Busters, because of the endless people asking, ‘When are you going to make The Dam Busters?’

We still have the rights, and it’s one in a little pot of movies. We don’t have a next movie nailed down, but certainly ‘The Dam Busters ‘is one of them. There is only a limited span I can abide, of people driving me nuts asking me when I’m going to do that project. So I’ll have to do it. I want to, actually, it’s one of the truly great true stories of the Second World War, a wonderful, wonderful story.”