There is exciting news for those who hoped that "The Hobbit" will get the film treatment.
MGM has revealed that they plan to make the film in one or two installments and hope that Peter Jackson will direct. It would be thought that this would be a no-brainer decision since the "Lord of the Rings" films were enormous critical and financial successes, but the film rights to "The Hobbit" were split between two studios. Peter Jackson (and fans around the world) have been waiting for them to hash out an agreement so the film can be made. This news suggests that a breakthrough has been made in those negotiations, that MGM now has the rights to make the film (instead of New Line), and that they want Peter Jackson to work the same magic that he did with the other films. Peter Jackson has said in previous interviews that he would love to direct the project if it comes to fruition.
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The rest of the story in this post is my condensed version based on the past few years of stories on the subject. It's only a short quote on the website, but it suggests that a lot has happened since the latest news on the subject was released.
Peter Jackson has another project in the works called "The Lovely Bones," so perhaps he will get started on "The Hobbit" after that.
I've heard that from more than a few people--that "The Hobbit" is a children's story. It definitely has a lighter, more playful tone, and it is more of an on-the-road adventure than a fight to save the world. But I think it works extraordinarily well as a story for adults. It is endlessly charming, and features a lot of the best elements--the exploration of frightening, new worlds--that made the "Lord of the Rings" story appealing. I'm not sure if people mean that as a criticism, but I think the label of children's story kind of makes it sound inferior.
Anyway, the difference in tone does set up a challenge, but I think any adaptation of a novel requires the filmmaker to strike the right balance and find the appropriate mood. I think Peter Jackson was successful in this regard with the first three films. I don't really think that they were incredibly literal adaptations of the books. The books were gentler, more about songs and folklore, and less about swashbuckling and romance. Jackson made them into violent epics, with the battles as the cornerstones for the story. And a spectacular job he did of it too. I feel confident that he can find the right tone for an adaptation of "The Hobbit" that will translate the elements of the book into a good film.
It probably won't be as good as LOTR was, because it is more of a children's book, but I will still probably see it whn it comes out.
I dont agree with that, they are different types of book, LOTR is darker more brooding, dealing with things that evelope the whole lands, Where as the Hobbit
deals with primarily one hobbits journey from parochiol [spl] hobbit to a worldly wise hobbit who perhaps knows more about life outside the shire than any other hobbit before or since (with the exception of the 4 LOTR priciples).
I think it will lend itself very well to a lighter more humorous outing that young children can watch with only 2 or 3 possible scary parts.
I would certainly look forward to watching it and i would pay to go to the cinema for this film and not many lure me there anymore.