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I completely agree with you, geordie

Kristin Thompson
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Jul 29 2012, 4:52pm


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I completely agree with you, geordie [In reply to] Can't Post

I dealt with Cathleen Blackburn during the time when I was trying to get the clearance letters from the Tolkien Estate and HarperCollins, and she was quite friendly and helpful. I also met Christopher in 1987 when he came to the Marquette University conference to celebrate the 50th anniversary of THE HOBBIT's publication. He, too, was friendly and asked for a copy of the paper I presented. That slight acquaintance, I infer, may have helped me in my request for the letters I needed.

But quite apart from the Tolkien Estate's willingness or lack thereof to sell the film rights for THE SILMARILLION and other posthumous Tolkien books, we should remember that it's not as if they've turned down any such requests. No such requests, to the best of everyone's knowledge, have been made. I doubt they ever will be. I think THE SIMARILLION, taken as a whole, is unfilmable--far more so than Christopher assumed LOTR to be. Individual episodes could be filmed, and of course one such episode exists now as a self-contained novel, THE CHILDREN OF HURIN. That's more filmable, in terms of its narrative structure and content, but it is as unremittingly grim a fictional book as I have ever read. (I admire it a great deal, but still.) I believe that no film production company that could afford to make such a film would even consider such a thing.

So those who complain that the Estate is somehow blocking the production of more Tolkien-derived films are really doing so for no reason. It's all speculation about something that most probably will not happen.

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Researching THE FRODO FRANCHISE: Part 1, Off to Wellington without a Handkerchief News from Bree Send a private message to News from Bree Jul 26 2012, 1:15pm
    Very interesting! Silverlode Send a private message to Silverlode Jul 26 2012, 7:24pm
    work, work, work pasi Send a private message to pasi Jul 26 2012, 8:03pm
        Thanks, Pasi! Kristin Thompson Send a private message to Kristin Thompson Jul 27 2012, 12:03am
    Agree with previous post, nice distraction from Hobbit events, and jschomburg Send a private message to jschomburg Jul 26 2012, 8:52pm
    Thank you Kristin SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Jul 26 2012, 10:17pm
    A very interesting beginning Shelob'sAppetite Send a private message to Shelob'sAppetite Jul 27 2012, 12:44am
    Barrie W. Osborne pasi Send a private message to pasi Jul 27 2012, 11:06am
        Absolutely true about Barrie Kristin Thompson Send a private message to Kristin Thompson Jul 27 2012, 1:55pm
        I think the Tolkien Estate geordie Send a private message to geordie Jul 29 2012, 3:50pm
            I completely agree with you, geordie Kristin Thompson Send a private message to Kristin Thompson Jul 29 2012, 4:52pm
                yes - geordie Send a private message to geordie Jul 31 2012, 6:16am
                    When we speak of money Kristin Thompson Send a private message to Kristin Thompson Jul 31 2012, 2:05pm
                IMO Shelob'sAppetite Send a private message to Shelob'sAppetite Jul 31 2012, 7:06am
                Born of Hope Lurker in the Dark Send a private message to Lurker in the Dark Aug 5 2012, 4:43am
                    Born of Hope Lurker in the Dark Send a private message to Lurker in the Dark Aug 5 2012, 4:54am
                    Tolkien fanfilms and rights Kristin Thompson Send a private message to Kristin Thompson Aug 5 2012, 2:52pm
                    As Kristen says geordie Send a private message to geordie Aug 6 2012, 12:30pm
                        Messed with? Lurker in the Dark Send a private message to Lurker in the Dark Aug 7 2012, 5:24am
                            Yes, that's the sort of stuff I mean - geordie Send a private message to geordie Aug 7 2012, 5:26pm
                                Sick burn! SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Aug 8 2012, 2:24am
                                    Thanks, SirDennisC! Kristin Thompson Send a private message to Kristin Thompson Aug 9 2012, 1:18am
                                        ... and thank you for the book suggestion! // SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Aug 9 2012, 8:05am
                                    Um.. geordie Send a private message to geordie Aug 9 2012, 5:35pm
    Awesome! zarabia Send a private message to zarabia Jul 29 2012, 7:23am
        It wasn't exactly in every bookshop Kristin Thompson Send a private message to Kristin Thompson Jul 29 2012, 2:40pm
            I _really_ need to get a copy of this book - geordie Send a private message to geordie Jul 29 2012, 3:07pm
                You definitely do need a copy, geordie :) Kristin Thompson Send a private message to Kristin Thompson Jul 29 2012, 3:48pm
                    Hmm.. geordie Send a private message to geordie Jul 29 2012, 4:20pm
    More please Lurker in the Dark Send a private message to Lurker in the Dark Aug 5 2012, 4:34am
        Believe me, Kristin Thompson Send a private message to Kristin Thompson Aug 5 2012, 3:35pm
            A most important book Lurker in the Dark Send a private message to Lurker in the Dark Aug 7 2012, 5:57am
                I'm afraid I have to disagree Kristin Thompson Send a private message to Kristin Thompson Aug 7 2012, 3:46pm

 
 
 

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