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Warner Bros. Nix ElfQuest Movie, Pin Blame On The Hobbit


Jan 24 2012, 8:57pm

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Warner Bros. Nix ElfQuest Movie, Pin Blame On The Hobbit Can't Post

Reported by Brendon Connelly at Bleeding Cool:


I would assume that the success of The Lord of the Rings and the huge interest in The Hobbit, not to mention the extraordinary, eight-film success of the Harry Potter series, would encourage Warner Bros. to look seriously into all of their similar options, but the studio has not to move ahead with a long-developing ElfQuest movie, based upon Wendy and Richard PiniĎs beloved comics.

Not only that, they studio are said to have actually cited The Hobbit as their main reason for pulling the plug.

More at the link: http://www.bleedingcool.com/...pin-blame-on-hobbit/

Dammit! I was looking foreward to this. Warners better not pull the same stunt with the film adaptation of Jeff Smith's Bone!

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Jan 24 2012, 9:06pm

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It's been in development hell since the late 1990s, so perhaps it's a mercy.

Still, one might suspect a couple of wildly successful Hobbit blockbusters might well renew interest.

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Jan 24 2012, 9:51pm

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Especially since I'm not sure where Warner Bros. and MGM can go with Tolkien following The Hobbit. The Tolkien Estate controls the screenrights for everything beyond TH and LotR and there's only so much someone might be able to cobble together from the Appendices. You would think that having a successful fantasy film franchise would put Warners in mind of developing other properties of the same nature that it controls.

It's been in development hell since the late 1990s, so perhaps it's a mercy.

Heck, I remember when the project was with Nelvana back in the '80s. That studio started looking at adapting ElfQuest as a live-action film instead of animating it. Someone had an idea about using child actors for the elves and putting them on trained wolves. The Pini's scotched that notion right quick!

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Jan 25 2012, 3:16pm

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Since when has riding on the wing of a ultra succesful movies been a bad idea? [In reply to] Can't Post

They should have told that to all the epic historic war movie productions that popped out of the ground like mushrooms on a rainy day after LotR.

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Jan 25 2012, 3:20pm

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That's the problem with a studio as massive as Warner Bros.; the left hand never seems to know what the right is doing.

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Jan 25 2012, 4:45pm

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I don't get it either [In reply to] Can't Post

Neither do I get the idea that if two movies are released around the same time, only one can be a hit.

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Jan 25 2012, 5:45pm

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Ahhhh... patience :) [In reply to] Can't Post

When Peter Jackson was originally looking to make King Kong, the producers pulled the plug on that because there were so many monster pics out at the time (IIRC). Then Peter decided to make LotR instead!!!

It's probably not just because of The Hobbit films (which is a valid point), but because films have been saturated with fantasy-genre films the past few years. They'll re-look at making them, I'll bet, after things have quieted down a bit :)


I really need these new films to take me back to, and not re-introduce me to, that magical world.

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Jan 26 2012, 12:50am

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Aside from the fact that the Wolfriders in ElfQuest have as much similarity to Tolkien's Eldar as the makers of Keebler Cookies, you would think that the guys in the suits would realize that every time a good fantasy film is made, it increases the marketability of other (good) fantasy films.

Sounds like a case of cold feet to me.


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