Jun 25 2009, 8:40am
Because that film spoke to a skill at crafting and relaying the wonder of a fairytale. And the Hobbit is much more an epic fairytale than it is a sweeping LOTR style epic saga. My hope, of course, is that all parts are complimentary. I saw your Hellboy II Elves, so I harbour no fears that Elrond or Glorfindel (should we finally be blessed to have a speaking Glorfindel on The Council ) will have six eyes and tentacle arms. Beyond that, I am actually looking forward to your more colourful influence. There were many pure PJ choices that I lamented in LORT, as much as I enjoyed the work overall. I was less than keen, for instance, on how much of Gandalf's trademark fire enchantments were cut out due to Peter's personal distate for exlosive magic. So, from the start, I have been quite comfortable with the idea of a new hand having a heavy influence and working alongside Peter. . . and again Pan's Labryinth in particular enhanced my faith in your abilities to do justice to this work.
I was glad for your involvement from Pan's Labryinth on
As to Dol Guldur, again, I have always felt there was a place for it in a two movie scenario. My discomfort, as I mentioned, has more to do with how getting through the opening film with no Smaug interaction will come across.
But I am all for seeing Dol Guldur/White Council material, and the exposition of Gandalf's fears for The Elves in particular. By LOTR the ring has been found, and The Elves are largely resigning themsleves to depart the world, either because a Tyrant will soon dominate it, or because the preservative powers of their rings will be abolished with the destruction of The One. The Elves in The Hobbit are still very much a part of Middle Earth. . . and Gandalf is deeply troubled with concern for them. I always felt that the potential loss of Rivendell and Lothlorien was one of the most significant of the quickly bypassed topics of Third Age lore.
From all I have read, I think your general approach concerning tone etc. is perfect. I remain a little skiddish about the placement of the break. . . but I won't fixate on that. Thank you as always for posting here and for taking such interest in we fans.
I take no offense. truly- but this is perhaps a good time to clarify two things that pop up now and then:
1) Some people post as if my involvement is big news (good or bad) and some even hope (others fear) that perhaps my involvement will be palliated and limited by the fact that WETA is involved or Howard Shore or Alan and John, etc as if I fall under "damage control" by using the same team of this or that team...
Some, more gentle in their critique, just use the word vision with quotation marks and pray for PJ to restrain me...
So, look, let me clarify these choices (Alan, John, Howard) are already my choices- Not only I never fought them- I personally urged these artists and to come back as part of the realization of the vision I have for these films. They were not brought on board as an insurance policy against my personality...
The more you are familiar with my work, the more you'll ease or increase your anxieties- but if you go from an incomplete view (only PANS LABYRINTH or only BLADE II, say) the more you will remain in an uneasy twilight-
IF you are familiar with all my work and you still have anxieties, chances are that you may have some ground to be wary of those tendencies to pop up somehow, somewhere....
B) The part that may bring the palette and tone one shade darker than the book is the Geo-political / Dol-Guldur portions, which add considerable gravity to Gandalf's quest and the origins of the map and key, but i truly believe that they will make for a much more satisfying film narrative at the end of the day.
Once again, if you seek my posting in other topics you will find that I have often, and unprompted, used that exact word: WHIMSY to describe one of the many things that will differentiate LOTR and TH.
Peter and I have said it, time and again, this will not be an exercise in mimicry of style and I will NOT be trying to emulate PJ's style or achievements but I do intend to respectfully build up on them-
In my mind, the mistake would be to approach THE HOBBIT as if it needs the exact same tools and look as LOTR, they are quite different in tone and in look and deserve to feel like tales that can be viewed together and exist in the same universe and Mithology but that can also stand on their own.
The challenges of the book and the added material is enormous since it includes many passages and moments that are iconic but difficult to translate to film- others just require of intelligence and hard work. It is my hope that in the not so distant future images, teasers etc will slowly unveil the personality and majesty of our enterprise to you all and then you can decide if you like what we are doing or not.
In the meantime I remain,
"Hear me, hounds of Sauron, Gandalf is here! Fly if you value your foul skins, I will shrivel you from tail to snout if you step within this circle!"
"Do not be to eager to deal out death in judgement. Even the very wise cannot see all ends."