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Sam Raimi's Hobbit Comments


Apr 21 2007, 1:04pm

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Reading the recent comments from Sam Raimi regarding "The Hobbit", I can see that he's trying to walk a thin line between wanting to get the director's job while not alienating either Peter Jackson nor Bob Schaye.

But did anyone else get cold shivers down their spine when he mentioned his interest in "The Hobbit", referring to it as "more kid-friendly" than LOTR?

No disrespect intended to Raimi, but Peter Jackson created a world and a mood on film that had a response of over $3B in business worldwide and a record number of Academy Awards. This franchise was treated corrected by Jackson, asking that the story and acting be played straight. Though "The Hobbit" isn't as dark as "LOTR" there are enough themes that can be taken seriously (greed, friendship, revenge, power, nobility) that it could also be played straight and inhabit the Oscar winning world that Peter Jackson and New Line developed. Certainly the progression throughout the film that gets more serious and gloomy as it plays out, with the ending that rewards hope, heroism, doing the right thing, etc. but realizing you're now changed forever whether you like it or not (like LOTR) and forbodes of an even darker time that's coming.

If Raimi gets this and turns it into a cute 'lil pic for the kiddies, I'm going to puke. I do like his Spiderman films for what they are, but that's a different world that's been established than what "The Hobbit" should and could be, certainly if they make two Hobbit films that explore the times between the finding of the Ring by Bilbo and up to the start of "LOTR". I'm already hearing that his "Spiderman 3" is somewhat "cheesy", a clear no-no for "The Hobbit". That's what worried most fans about "LOTR" prior to it coming out - and we were all relieved when we saw the amazing and astonishing final product that Peter Jackson turned out.

Raimi will forever linked to "Spiderman" and the sequels - he should be. Let's keep it that way. Please!

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Sam Raimi's Hobbit Comments DiveTwin Send a private message to DiveTwin Apr 21 2007, 1:04pm
    I totally agree ... fmaximus Send a private message to fmaximus Apr 21 2007, 4:54pm
        Sam's comment to kiddify the hobbit EcossElf Send a private message to EcossElf Apr 21 2007, 9:00pm
            Ha ha! I agree Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins Apr 23 2007, 7:40pm
    Well.... CAhobbit Send a private message to CAhobbit Apr 23 2007, 4:44am
        Maybe . . . . One Ringer Send a private message to One Ringer Apr 23 2007, 10:29am
            My 2 cents... lonelymountainhermit Send a private message to lonelymountainhermit Apr 23 2007, 8:03pm
                Raimi won't do it without PJ's approval . fmaximus Send a private message to fmaximus Apr 25 2007, 2:31am


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