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Who will helm 'The Hobbit'?
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Kangi Ska

Jun 4 2010, 2:44pm

Post #126 of 142 (453 views)
All of the scripts & prep work has been toward a non-digital movie. [In reply to] Can't Post

This would eliminate any possibility of shooting in 3-D (Conversion would still be possible) Now the studios could force the issue but this would add a great deal of expense as the rewrite of the script and redo of pre-vis and redesign of much of the picture would be involved. This would also delay the release even longer.

Kangi Ska

At night one cannot tell if crows are black or white.


Jun 4 2010, 3:19pm

Post #127 of 142 (510 views)
I hear what you're saying [In reply to] Can't Post

I like all the HP movies for different reasons, and PoA is in my top 3, but not as much because of the direction and feel of the movie. But rather because of the story line & twists, of which I don't know if credit should be given to JKRowling or the screenplay (or both), but that was what I love about that movie the most...Also much of the change in feel and mood of that film is due to John Williams experimenting and changing up the score composition from the first two films (or any of his past work for that matter)...side off topic note: I hope they can get Williams back for the final 8th movie...

My favorite HP movies are the last two that were out (by a long shot). The outrageously awesome wizard dueling scenes and the contrast of perfectly timed comedic moments earlier in the films, make them the ones I can watch over and over.
If I had to put in order from best to worst, it would be 5, 6, 3, 4, 1, 2 so far.

I think Jackson needs to step in and direct...enough is enough...with all the delays and problems to this point, he and GDT are the only ones that really know how this thing should be directed...they are the ones who have been the most intimately involved in both production & writing...I think it would be a mistake to hire someone else...unless of course (my only exception) they can manage to get James Cameron onboard...he is the only one that could become intimate on the same level as PJ and GDT in a really short timeframe...imho

(This post was edited by sphdle1 on Jun 4 2010, 3:20pm)


Jun 4 2010, 3:37pm

Post #128 of 142 (756 views)
M. Knight Shamalan [In reply to] Can't Post


Registered User

Jun 4 2010, 7:05pm

Post #129 of 142 (493 views)
joann sfar for the hobbit [In reply to] Can't Post

i love his little vampire
i love his dungeon comic books
he just worked with doug jones and the make up team of pan's labyrinth on his "gainsbourg je t'aime" movie
his rabbi's cat looks like gollum

Joann Sfar for the hobbit please!!!!!!

Idril Celebrindal
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Jun 4 2010, 8:44pm

Post #130 of 142 (712 views)
Another vote for Agnieszka Holland! [In reply to] Can't Post

Like you, I loved her movie adaptation of The Secret Garden. I've long thought that she'd be a great choice to direct The Hobbit.

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Mark Sommer

Jun 5 2010, 1:37am

Post #131 of 142 (432 views)
As Promised: My article on Why Fran Walsh Should Direct Hobbit [In reply to] Can't Post

Here is a link to my latest on the subject: Why Fran Walsh Should Direct Hobbit

Final paragraph: "By the way, The Lord of the Rings was not popular because of its Director. (Peter Jackson was relatively unknown in 1999.) It killed at the box office because of the popularity of JRR Tolkien and the quality of the films. If the quality can be matched, there is no reason why the Hobbit movies wouldn’t do extremely well – no matter who the Director is."

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Jun 5 2010, 7:52am

Post #132 of 142 (384 views)
Good article [In reply to] Can't Post

And such a good idea....

I wonder how long it will be before we hear something..... anything....

Please note that I wrote that clinging firmly to a wooden table leg, remembering Kangi's post last weekend about being wary of what you wish for. I'll qualify the wish, I think...

... anything good!

Greg Wright
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Jun 5 2010, 12:38pm

Post #133 of 142 (615 views)
The Eucatastrophe Question [In reply to] Can't Post

For those who are interested, the question about eucatastrophe came up in the "God Room" at the L.A. press junket for ROTK. I was the one who put the question to Jackson.

Here's the transcript of the interview. The bit about eucatastrophe is just a few questions into it.

Brigand is right that "They knew more than a little to start, and learned a lot more as they went." In particular, the subject of eucatastrophe ended up pretty prominently featured in the special features on the Extended Edition DVD release.

The Shire

Jun 6 2010, 2:06am

Post #134 of 142 (373 views)
Director [In reply to] Can't Post

If anyone is to direct the hobbit, it should be PJ. He has experience with Tolkien's work and did a great job with the LOTRs movies. Fran Walsh would also be a good candidate because she also has previous experience.

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Jun 6 2010, 5:52am

Post #135 of 142 (403 views)
I really want to see another director's take at this point. [In reply to] Can't Post

Peter did a good job with LOTR, but not a flawless one. I want to see someone else's humour. . . I want to see the same world, but with subtle changes. . . say someone who won't turn Gandalf's key flame magic scenes into a matter of flahlight beams. Those who know what I mean KNOW what I mean. I loved that Guillermo was going for wargs that were to be more giant wolf than mega hyena. I want to see fresh blood and ideas in this alongside the things that Peter did right. I don't think it should be Peter. He has had his turn with Tolkien, and in the main he did it and the fans justice but he need not be conflated with Tolkien himself.

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If anyone is to direct the hobbit, it should be PJ. He has experience with Tolkien's work and did a great job with the LOTRs movies. Fran Walsh would also be a good candidate because she also has previous experience.

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Jun 6 2010, 9:35pm

Post #136 of 142 (339 views)
I like Cameron... [In reply to] Can't Post

(although admittedly I hated Titanic.Sly) But the problem with him, I think, would be his need to make this a Cameron film. I don't think he'd walk well in the path that has been previously proposed and the work already done for this movie by del Toro and PJ's team.

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Kangi Ska

Jun 6 2010, 9:41pm

Post #137 of 142 (352 views)
I spent the last two days watching movie directed by [In reply to] Can't Post

Alfonso Cuaron. I am now ready to advocate a choice of directors.

There are only two people that I would trust to do credit to the script & design work that has been completed. Both I hold in equal honor.

Peter Jackson: He is my sentimental favorite and he earned the right and he is still one of us (though it might slip his mind at times).

Alfonso Cuaron: His skill as a director is unsurpassed. "Children of Men" is one of my all time favorite films. The Prisoner of Azkaban was a marvel as a film. "A Little Princess" is a beautiful masterful remake of an old children's classic. He is a great story teller and has a color sensibility very close to his compadre Guillermo del Toro. I am sure he could step into the project with the least disruption next to Peter taking the helm.

So there, in my notoriously not so humble opinion, it is and I am stickin' to it..

Kangi Ska

At night one cannot tell if crows are black or white.

Kang Ska

(This post was edited by Kangi Ska on Jun 6 2010, 9:42pm)


Jun 6 2010, 9:59pm

Post #138 of 142 (342 views)
Agreed.... [In reply to] Can't Post

Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh.

I don't really want to hear any other name as director now but if it has to be, then I'd say someone who has read and loves Tolkien's books. Of all the names who've been discussed this last week, that's the one thing we don't know and to my mind it's crucial.


Jun 7 2010, 12:26am

Post #139 of 142 (352 views)
I agree Ainur... [In reply to] Can't Post

I would much prefer someone outside the Jackson/Walsh/Boyen mob to direct the movie. Preferrably someone with enough cahones to overrule Boyens/Jackson's inane scripting.

Personally, I think someone like Terry Gilliam would be a brilliant choice. No one does fantasy (Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Brazil, The Fisher King, 12 Monkeys) or period comedy (The Holy Grail, Time Bandits, Jabberwocky) like him. And talk about creepy forests -- anyone who watched The Brothers Grimm will know what astounding work Gilliam could do with Mirkwood.

But, alas, I think Gilliam is far too much a free spirit to conform to a prewritten script. Too bad, as he certainly has English humor down cold -- even if he was originally from Wisconsin. Don't tell John Cleese, as I don't believe anyone has informed him.

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Jun 7 2010, 2:44pm

Post #140 of 142 (627 views)
good article [In reply to] Can't Post

I agree wholeheartedly-would love to see her do it!

However, I have a hunch in the end it is going to be---PJ. Some deal will be worked out to finally get the films greenlit that PJ has to agree to direct and he will. I think that the word that the films are finally greenlit and PJ is director will come out in the same announcement.

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The Shire

Jun 8 2010, 9:30pm

Post #141 of 142 (315 views)
Jackson [In reply to] Can't Post

I think Jackson would be the best, but i don't think he will do it. I would get Alfonso. He did good in harry potter POA. I see the hobit his style.

Registered User

Jul 8 2010, 7:33pm

Post #142 of 142 (550 views)
Gilliam [In reply to] Can't Post

My apologies! I just posted this idea as another thread without seeing your suggestion.

I think Gilliam could do it...

But we differ in that I would prefer Jackson.

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