Peter Jackson said he will not be involved in the production of The Hobbit. Apparently PJ did not want to commit to do the movie until his lawsuit against New Line is resolved. He was offered a settlement in exchange for his commitment to the project but he resented the use of the movie as a bargaining chip and he refused. Consequently, the studio told him to suck it, and decided to get someone else.
As the end result, I don’t know if The Hobbit will be even remotely watchable. With Jackson a the wheel we knew that we could expect the same amount of awesome as in the LOTR trilogy. Will his replacement stay true to PJ’s vision? Will he stay true to the book?
If you read the article, they also mention a LOTR prequel that is distinct from The Hobbit. For me that looks like a big can of WTF just waiting to happen. What would be the content of this prequel? Which Tolkien stories will they base it on? I sure hope they are not planning to write some original content loosely based on Middle Earth history and wrap it up in LOTR branding. That would essentially be like pulling off another Highlander 2. One would think that Hollywood has learned something from that disaster…
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