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Who's directing?

starmaid
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Dec 18 2007, 11:01pm

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The NYTimes just posted an article about the Hobbit movies--and it said that PJ is NOT directing either of them.


elentari3018
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Dec 18 2007, 11:08pm

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Did you find that online? [In reply to] Can't Post

because i have today's issue of NYT and don't see it on the cover of the Arts section....
is it online?

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Curious
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Dec 18 2007, 11:11pm

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Yes, here's the link. [In reply to] Can't Post

http://www.nytimes.com/..._r=1&oref=slogin


fmaximus
Rivendell


Dec 19 2007, 1:17am

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According to Sloan from MGM ... [In reply to] Can't Post

it's PJ's project, so He's basically in charge of getting the director he wants. And if he decides to do it himself, then so be it.
And not to undermine his other projects, since the Hobbit is PJ's baby now, it will most likely take priority in his future schedualing. Just a hunch.


Curious
Half-elven


Dec 19 2007, 1:25am

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Other sources say PJ is tied up and reluctant [In reply to] Can't Post

to direct. If he planned to direct I think he would have signed up to direct.


entmaiden
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Dec 19 2007, 1:29am

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He could still do that. [In reply to] Can't Post

Just because he hasn't yet doesn't mean he won't. I think the most important step was taken today - the basic agreement has been signed, now the details can be worked out.

There's no script and there won't be one until the writer's strike is settled. The director isn't required without a script, so there's plenty of time to decide what to do about the director.

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Curious
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Dec 19 2007, 2:10am

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Also, PJ hasn't spoken but his WETA spokesman has, and directing seems unlikely. [In reply to] Can't Post

Here's the link:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/...mp;objectid=10483205

And a quote:

"Spokesman Matt Dravitski said Jackson was hesitant to direct it himself and likened his involvement to that of George Lucas' in the original Star Wars trilogy - having established the franchise, Lucas had other directors do parts two and three."


Curious
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Dec 19 2007, 2:46am

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I would love to see Timothy Burton direct. There's dark humor [In reply to] Can't Post

in The Hobbit, I judge, if you look at it the right way. Much of the humor comes at Bilbo's expense, and after Gandalf leaves much of the humor comes at the dwarves' expense. And ponies do not fare well at all, either in the Misty Mountains or at the Lonely Mountain. Plus, Burton has shown he can do musicals! Maybe we would get to hear the songs!


Ainu Laire
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Dec 19 2007, 2:49am

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Bah, no... [In reply to] Can't Post

I respect Tim Burton as a director, but I simply don't see him directing something set in Middle-earth. His stuff is more... just plain bizarre rather than mythological. And then Johnny Depp would have to be part of it, too :P

I actually wouldn't mind plucking another unknown. As PJ has shown, unknowns can be rather good.

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entmaiden
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Dec 19 2007, 2:54am

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Gosh, no [In reply to] Can't Post

I think Tim Burton is too intent on putting his own personal stamp on the movies he makes and he's even less capable of restraint than is Peter. I don't think he would be able to relinquish his vision for that of someone else. In this case, the "someone else" is both Peter Jackson and JRRT. Tim Burton would ruin The Hobbit, IMO.

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`Are these magic cloaks?' asked Pippin, looking at them with wonder.
`I do not know what you mean by that,' answered the leader of the Elves.


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Curious
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Dec 19 2007, 2:57am

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How about Terry Gilliam? The Hobbit can be bizarre. [In reply to] Can't Post

And in contrast to LotR, I'm not sure The Hobbit is mythological.

I'm just spouting off, you know. I expect the movies to be more of a prequel to LotR, which means they will be mythological. But I'm just preparing for my book purist nitpicks. Wink


Patty
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Dec 19 2007, 2:57am

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Yeah, he'd not be the director for me. [In reply to] Can't Post

If I can't have PJ (or Fran) I'm not sure who I would want.

Who directed Babe?

For Gondor!


Curious
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Dec 19 2007, 3:01am

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I thought Burton did a good job with Batman, [In reply to] Can't Post

respecting the legend while directing his own film. And I'm less worried about the letter of The Hobbit than I am of the spirit. In fact, one thing I admire about PJ's adaptation of LotR is that he usually respected the spirit of the original, even though not one scene was unaltered. I judge that the spirit of The Hobbit is different from the spirit of LotR. But as I said elsewhere, I expect that to change, because most people want a prequel to LotR.


Curious
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Dec 19 2007, 3:07am

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Chris Noonan, but George Miller produced. [In reply to] Can't Post

Chris Noonan hasn't done much else, but Miller has done quite a bit. I might not mind Miller, and he is from down under. But I would want the dark Miller.


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Furfut
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Dec 19 2007, 3:13am

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Burton, Depp... lol [In reply to] Can't Post

[Odd... my post went away but the quote survived... ]

I had to laugh at the thought of Depp in the Hobbit. Laugh Who would he play?

I like Burton, but my first thought when I saw him mentioned above is that he'd have Danny Elfman doing the musical score! Crazy


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I respect Tim Burton as a director, but I simply don't see him directing something set in Middle-earth. His stuff is more... just plain bizarre rather than mythological. And then Johnny Depp would have to be part of it, too :P



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Patty
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Dec 19 2007, 3:17am

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Yeah, and the horrendous Helena Bonham Carter... [In reply to] Can't Post

this is NOT on.

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Ainu Laire
Tol Eressea


Dec 19 2007, 3:22am

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*grin* [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm thinking more of the movie canon, myself; I myself would like the two to both feel like they are from the same Middle-earth (unlike, say, the animated features). There are, of course, many ways to interpret the Hobbit, but Tim Burton never struck me as the guy to do it for what is already established in the New Line, live action Middle-earth. Though... I must say, the thought is intriguing. Very, very intriguing.

Terry Gillam, though... *grin* Sounds like fun.

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Dec 19 2007, 3:23am

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She was good in "Howards End". [In reply to] Can't Post

Hmm... is James Ivory available to direct?

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Curious
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Dec 19 2007, 4:29am

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If he can play Ichabod Crane, Depp could play Bilbo./ [In reply to] Can't Post

 


Ataahua
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Dec 19 2007, 8:41am

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This evening's TVNZ news had an item saying [In reply to] Can't Post

NZ film sources believed PJ would direct The Hobbit.

My money is on someone else being brought in to helm the filming - if for no other reason than I think PJ was burnt out by the demands of LOTR (and then King Kong). Remembering what he said on the DVD appendices about looking forward to filming smaller movies, I think he'd be happy to put the directing demands onto someone else and just retain overall control through executive producing.

Of course I could be talking through a great big hole in my head. We just have to wait and see what transpires.

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fmaximus
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Dec 19 2007, 1:46pm

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How about Fran Walsh as director. [In reply to] Can't Post

Since she already has some experience with the directing she did in the LOTR trilogy, I think she could do it.


starmaid
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Dec 19 2007, 6:45pm

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I'd be happy with Fran. Also Guillermo del Toro is interested. [In reply to] Can't Post

His movies are interesting--and even shocking--but they're not so outre as Tim Burton's are.

 
 

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