I’ve been saying Peter Jackson sucks at editing for like five years now, but lately it seems his disdain for brevity has reached Kevin Smithian proportions. He recently revealed the total running time for the first of his three-part Hobbit series (the shortest of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings books) to Empire, and surprise surprise, it’s almost three damned hours.
“It’s looking like [The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey] is going to be about ten minutes shorter than Fellowship was,” explains Jackson. “So it’s going to be officially our shortest Middle-earth yet. I mean, Fellowship was just under three hours and this is about 2 hours 40 minutes at the moment.”
That’s right, two hours and 40 minutes is the shortest one. This guy can’t take a dump in less than 40 minutes. My only explanation is that he started hanging out with Sting after he won his Oscar and he’s been on this Tantric filmmaking kick ever since.