Jul 30 2012, 8:11pm
I can understand the cynicism I've read from some. In my humble opinion it's a little more complicated than simple greed.
Thoughts about money and The Hobbit
First, if it were simply all about money, PJ would have made The Hobbit a long time ago. My impression is that he does the work for the enjoyment. He found himself falling back in love with the idea of delving into Middle Earth and he's had so much fun he doesn't want to stop. He's looking forward to more filming next year. This is his baby, and he's taking care of it. It's obvious to me he also likes to take care of his people, and more film means more employment for his team.
Yes, for the studio's it's probably mostly about a return on their investment. But that's not such a bad thing. If these films, coupled with LOTR, are all successful, this opens the door for more Tolkien on screen. Perhaps the rights to more of the materials will be pursued with greater vigor. It also opens the door for more employment by the studio for other various projects, both in New Zealand and wherever else the studio's make money.
For many fans, like myself, this is a grand opportunity to see an adaptation that can quite possibly thoroughly explore the material of The Hobbit and the LOTR Appendices in an extensively enjoyable fashion. I don't know about you, but *this* world is dreary enough. I can always use more fun.
King Arthur: You know much that is hidden oh Tim.
(This post was edited by Tim on Jul 30 2012, 8:19pm)