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TheHutt
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Mar 31 2013, 11:37pm

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After the success of the ”Lord of the Rings” trilogy and the first installment of the “Hobbit” series fans were continuously debating if New Zealand director Peter Jackson were going to make a film version of “The Silmarillion”. Until now this topic was under a big question mark and not just because it is a book with an entirely different narrative structure. The main issue was the situation with the copyrights: as opposed to “The Hobbit” and “LOTR” the rights to “Silmarillion” are with Tolkien Estate and its head, Christopher Tolkien, son and literary heir to the Professor. Christopher Tolkien was known to be very reserved about movie versions of his father’s works. A stalemate – until now.

Today an announcement was made which is going to give fans another chance to dive into the world of Middle-Earth on the big screen. Peter Jackson has struck a deal with Christopher Tolkien and will be directing “The Silmarillion”!

The most interesting aspect in this matter is of course Christopher Tolkien’s motivation. The 88-year old son of John R. R. Tolkien who is living in France, was in fact blaming the “Lord of the Rings” film adaptation last year in an interview for its bad influence on the audience. Why did he change his mind? The reason was “The Hobbit” by Peter Jackson which opened this winter. Throughout the Net community an interesting phenomenon occured: many fans of Peter Jackson’s LOTR trilogy didn’t like the “Hobbit” movie. On the other hand, many purists who used to loathe PJ’s LOTR, were quite positive about “The Hobbit”. This phenomenon seems to be at work with Christopher as well. In his last interview to the French newspaper “Le Monde” he was unexpectedly full of praise for Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit”:

- I already told that Peter Jackson eviscerated the [LOTR] book by turning it into an action movie for young people aged 15 to 25. But it is quite different with “The Hobbit”. This book was conceived by my father as a children’s book from the beginning. And to my great astonishment, the director made something deeply poetical and deep out of it. It is considerably closer to the spirit of Middle-Earth depicted in “The Silmarillion” and “The Lost Tales”, than the original “Hobbit”.

Christopher Tolkien described more precisely what he liked about “The Hobbit”.

- The thing of utmost importance to me was to prevent omissions from the original text. That was my major objection to “The Lord of the Rings” film. On “The Hobbit”, the script writers chose a different path: they extended it with the help of the materials from LOTR “Appendices”. This is a clear sign of the dedication of the filmmakers in studying the works of my father as well as of the seriousness of their approach. […] But the main reason was the depiction of the Elves from Mirkwood and from Rivendell. In comparison with the faulted “Lord of the Rings” this is an entirely different matter. For the first time I have seen real Middle-Earth elves, the ones my father was writing about.

After this interview things went surprisingly fast. A few weeks after its publication Peter Jackson visited Christopher Tolkien in his estate in South France and they started first negotiations. The exact details remained secret until this morning, when Warner Bros. released the following press release.





PETER JACKSON ANNOUNCED TO DIRECT SILMARILLION
A MIDDLE-EARTH PREQUEL TRILOGY WILL OPEN 2015-2018


After successul negitiations between Peter Jackson (Wingnut Films) and Christopher Tolkien (Tolkien Estate) the “Silmarillion” film trilogy was greenlit. Pre-production work on it is scheduled to be started immediately after the premiere of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”. The production companies will be Warner Bros., New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer.

The multiple Academy Award winning New Zealand director PETER JACKSON has effected an exclusive deal with Tolkien Estate about J.R.R. Tolkien’s book “The Silmarillion” which was released posthumously. The film rights were exclusively granted to Peter Jackson’s company Wingnut Films for realization as a film trilogy. Christopher Tolkien of Tolkien Estate will be involved as Executive Producer to maintain creative control over the work of his father.

Peter Jackson: “I am very glad to have this chance to visit Middle-Earth yet unseen on film. What we showed you in “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” are just leftovers of the former epic events which happened during the First and the Second ages. “The Silmarillion” has many emotional stories and full-scale battles and I can’t wait to show them to you. The War of Wrath is such an epic battle that our WETA artists will have to have some sweat over it.”

Philippa Boyens, co-producer and co-writer: “The script will not be an easy one. “The Silmarillion” is an entirely different book – it’s like Middle-Earth’s Bible. But it has some excellent, very personal stories which we can translate into cinema language. The choir of Ainur – you will be astonished about what we did to it. You will have tears in your eyes, I promise.”

The script writers have support from an unexpected source. Christopher Tolkien, head of Tolkien Estate, literary heirs to J.R.R. Tolkien’s works will be actively involved in the project, maintaining creative control.
Christopher Tolkien: “To support the script writers in this uneasy task Tolkien Estate will support them in any way possible. We granted Peter Jackson access to the archives of the Bodleian Library which are closed for the public. On the other hand we received creative control over the script during the entire length of the project. I am sure, with united forces we shall create a film true to the spirit of my father, targeted for a more mature audience. After all this film will be another motivation for the viewers to read the original book.”

In recreating the former glory of Middle-Earth, the landscapes of Beleriand, Numenor and Valinor the cinematographers’ team around PJ will once again rely on the unique New Zealand landscapes as well as WETA’s team of designers. Also, the team of concept artists which consisted of Alan Lee and John Howe will have a new member. The Canadian Ted Nasmith who depicted the world of Silmarillion with an astounding level of detail and who twice declined the offer to work on Middle-Earth films, has finally agreed to collaborate with PJ.

Nasmith: “Until recently I was sure I wouldn’t be able to live in New Zealand for such a long time. However after visiting it I found out I was wrong – this country is absolutely stunning. And after all – when will I get the chance to work together with such amazing colleagues?”

The pre-production work on „The Silmarillion“ which will be created as a trilogy will commence immediately after the work on the second “Hobbit” film, “The Desolation of Smaug” and will occur simultaneously with the post-production of the third film, “There and Back Again”. As Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson will start working on the script, the WETA designers will start working on the appearance of the past ages of Middle-Earth.

Richard Taylor, WETA Workshop creative director: “In Lord of the Rings we have witnessed the fall of the Third age of Middle-Earth; on “The Hobbit” we saw its Indian summer. On “The Silmarillion” we will see the young world of Arda. If you compare the costumes of the Elves who came to Helm’s Deep with those from the Battle of Last Alliance and those from the Exile from Valinor, you’ll see how the shape of their helmets has evolved over time. The difference is very subtle, but it is there.”

Warner Bros. spokesman: “We are very glad that Mr. Jackson and Mr. Tolkien have reached a mutual agreement and are looking forward to work on this project. We want to seize the opportunity when the Hobbit creative team is still assembled and ready to work. Therefore the work on “The Silmarillion” will start just after “The Hobbit” with the targeted release date for the first film set for December 2015.”

As always, there will be old and new partnerships in merchandizing. The high-quality collector’s statues and weapon replicas (like Grond, the mace of Morgoth; Ringil, the Sword of Fingolfin or Aiglos, the Spear of Gil-Galad) will be produced by WETA Workshop; the company Bridge Direct has secured licenses on action figurines (the first to arrive are “Luthien riding on Huan” and “Eru conducting the Choir of the Ainur”). Also, Warner Bros. struck a deal with McDonald’s fast food chain: for each premiere of the “Silmarillion” films there will be special thematic menu creations (“Noldor Burgers”) as well as special gaming events (“Collect three Silmarils and win a journey to New Zealand”).

However, there are still unanswered questions. The titles for the individual installments are yet unknown. There is no information on probable actors who are to play such famous “Silmarillion” heroes like Beren, Luthien and Morgoth. The film company refuses any comment any questions on these topics.

Source: Henneth-Annun


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Lusitano
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Mar 31 2013, 11:39pm

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please dont...MadSly


"made something deeply poetical and deep out of it"


Oh if only...

Vous commencez à m'ennuyer avec le port!!!

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tarasaurus
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Mar 31 2013, 11:40pm

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eh precious? Would be awesome but......


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imin
Valinor


Mar 31 2013, 11:46pm

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nobofthepony
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Mar 31 2013, 11:47pm

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April fools come early. That poster is pretty fanboy: "The Most Epic Prequel Ever Created"? Yeah, that sound like something a major studio would sign off on.


TheWhiteRider
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Mar 31 2013, 11:48pm

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haha pretty sure this is an april's fool [In reply to] Can't Post

and a good one too !!


Hamfast Gamgee
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Mar 31 2013, 11:48pm

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I've heard [In reply to] Can't Post

That in a sub-plot - to create drama and character interplay for filmgoers - that Turin and Beleg have a row and falling out. Beleg tells Turin to go home. Turin replies that he is one the border of home anyway, and besides he is under banishment!


Sinister71
Tol Eressea


Mar 31 2013, 11:52pm

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thank god I know its april fools tomorrow. Or I would truly be sick to my stomach.Tongue


Hamfast Gamgee
Gondor

Mar 31 2013, 11:53pm

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Andy Serkis is back. He would be. But not as Gollum, as Gorlim, another character with emotional heartbreak. Don't know if hes a split personality, though.


tarasaurus
Rohan


Mar 31 2013, 11:56pm

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I can't put into words how much I despise April fool's day. Nothing worse than a whole day dedicated to assuming everyone is lying.


Patty
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Mar 31 2013, 11:57pm

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Unsuccessful April fool joke... [In reply to] Can't Post

Try something that at least might be believable. We may want it, but it'll never happen. And we all know it.Evil

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imin
Valinor


Apr 1 2013, 12:00am

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it's not a whole day :) // [In reply to] Can't Post

 


tarasaurus
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Apr 1 2013, 12:02am

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they happen throughout the whole day, I mean :)
*shakes fist at jokesters*


Hamfast Gamgee
Gondor

Apr 1 2013, 12:02am

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And on a global Internet [In reply to] Can't Post

When some people can be nearly 12 hours difference to others it is a bit tricky to get the timing right for everyone.


imin
Valinor


Apr 1 2013, 12:03am

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Lol yeah was just trying to make it better for you [In reply to] Can't Post

Though it is meant to be a day for fun pranks and things. Not horrible lies - if that is what happens on your April Fool's Day, i think you need to move or something, lol. Tongue


tarasaurus
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Apr 1 2013, 12:05am

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You're probably right. I'll take it as an omen to move to NZ Tongue


Aragalen the Green
Gondor


Apr 1 2013, 12:10am

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I think we got tipped off in one of the previous threads Wink

Spoilers from the "Hobbit Con" in Germany

'"Never laugh at live dragons, Bilbo you fool!" he said to himself, and it became a favourite saying of his later, and passed into a proverb.'


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Maciliel
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Apr 1 2013, 12:11am

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this is almost mean.

alas.

cheers --

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aka. fili orc-enshield
+++++++++++++++++++
the scene, as i understand it, is exceptionally well-written. fili (in sort of a callback to the scene with the eagles), calls out "thorRIIIIIIN!!!" just as he sees the pale orc veer in for the kill. he picks up the severed arm of an orc which is lying on the ground, swings it up in desperation, effectively blocking the pale orc's blow. and thus, forever after, fili is known as "fili orc-enshield."

this earns him deep respect from his hard-to-please uncle. as well as a hug. kili wipes his boots on the pale orc's glory box. -- maciliel


imin
Valinor


Apr 1 2013, 12:13am

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It IS very mean, lol.

Nearly fainted until i realized it is April Fools!


Spaldron
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Apr 1 2013, 12:15am

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.. but there's no way they would make a trilogy from The Silmarillion. It would have to be at least 6 films to get it all in.

Still, well done, I lol'd. Sly

"A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities."


Maciliel
Tol Eressea


Apr 1 2013, 12:18am

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aka. fili orc-enshield
+++++++++++++++++++
the scene, as i understand it, is exceptionally well-written. fili (in sort of a callback to the scene with the eagles), calls out "thorRIIIIIIN!!!" just as he sees the pale orc veer in for the kill. he picks up the severed arm of an orc which is lying on the ground, swings it up in desperation, effectively blocking the pale orc's blow. and thus, forever after, fili is known as "fili orc-enshield."

this earns him deep respect from his hard-to-please uncle. as well as a hug. kili wipes his boots on the pale orc's glory box. -- maciliel


Lusitano
Tol Eressea


Apr 1 2013, 12:20am

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Same here [In reply to] Can't Post

Sly


But those two together smiling happily? CTolkien saying jackson did something deep and poetic with TH?


Then i woke up...

Vous commencez à m'ennuyer avec le port!!!


Maciliel
Tol Eressea


Apr 1 2013, 12:33am

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if you look closely at the photograph [In reply to] Can't Post

 
if you look closely at the photograph, you can see them sharing a plate of cram.


cheers --

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aka. fili orc-enshield
+++++++++++++++++++
the scene, as i understand it, is exceptionally well-written. fili (in sort of a callback to the scene with the eagles), calls out "thorRIIIIIIN!!!" just as he sees the pale orc veer in for the kill. he picks up the severed arm of an orc which is lying on the ground, swings it up in desperation, effectively blocking the pale orc's blow. and thus, forever after, fili is known as "fili orc-enshield."

this earns him deep respect from his hard-to-please uncle. as well as a hug. kili wipes his boots on the pale orc's glory box. -- maciliel


imin
Valinor


Apr 1 2013, 12:34am

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swordwhale
Tol Eressea


Apr 1 2013, 2:15am

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I think the fact that the lighting on Our Two Heroes is completely different (one from the left, one from the right) would be a clue...

Sherlock, where the heck ARE you....????

Go outside and play...

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