The Third Hobbit Movie Takes Two Minutes To Film One Page Of The Book

We have all been made aware of how incredibly long Peter Jackson's three Hobbit movies are, especially as compared to J.R.R. Tolkien's original book. But 538's Walt Hickey actually broke down the ratio of film to page, and discovered an amazing fact: there are two minutes of TBotFA for every book page it covers.

You can see the breakdown of the three Hobbit in the above graph; the red dots are other popular book-movie combos. For more details, here's everything Hickey charted:

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In all honesty, I'm actually a little surprised it's only two minutes of movie per page. Generally, one script page is supposed to be approximately cover a minute of footage, and it actually seems at least somewhat reasonable to me that Jackson could double that by detailing and embellishing the story's war and the action scenes. Of course, that doesn't really help the fact that the three Hobbit movies still feel padded out, but at least in principle Jackson's decision to split one small book into three massive movies doesn't sound quite as insane to me anymore.

[Via The Mary Sue]

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