Sunday, August 12, 2007

There and Back Again

Lord of the Rings fans rejoice! Despite a storied dispute between Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema a few months back, Jackson may be in line to direct The Hobbit, a film adaptation of the prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

While this news is far from a confirmation that the studio or Jackson are going forward with the project, it is comforting to know that the bridge has been rebuilt. Or that Narsil has been reforged. Whichever "broken things made whole again" metaphor you like. I just like mine to be more nerdy than yours.

I couldn't be more excited. If a movie version of The Hobbit is indeed being made, it only makes sense that Jackson and his team are the ones to do it. It needs to feel like the first three films, and getting Ian McKellen back as Gandalf would really tie the whole series together.

I truly think Jackson has the potential to be the next great filmmaker. While King Kong was widely criticized for being far too long and wasting time on useless subplots, Jackson has a great sense for visuals and characters. Lord of the Rings could have been a disaster in the wrong hands, but Jackson captured the spirit of the J.R.R. Tolkien epic and made it work. Was it 100 percent faithful? Of course not. But it would be fair to say that a more literal adaptation would have been horrifically boring.

Rest assured, I'll be following this saga as it unfolds.

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