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A lot of knowledgeable directors were definitely interested on that basis, I hear

squire
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Jan 31 2008, 4:06am


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I would hope they would grab someone who knows the appendices of LOTR to direct the second film.

Quentin Tarantino: I would love the chance to direct a Tolkien film based on the Appendices! I see A.II, you know, the Rohans, as a natural focus, both natural, proud, and ultra-violent. What a great scene when Helm kills Freca with one punch! Iíd want to explore more about Helm Ė who he is, how he became King, why he needs to use personal violence as a mode of monarchical rule. And the bit where he creeps across the snow in all-white camos, strangling the Dunlendings and Ė just maybe, we never really know Ė eating them! Well, I know Shippey says thatís from the legends of the Little Ice Age, but I think itís Tolkien riffing off the Soviet-Finnish War of 1939-40, and Iíd like to explore that in depth in this film.

Woody Allen: Itís not my usual method, I know, but would it surprise you if I confessed to loving Appendix C, the Family Trees? The family politics in there are staggering, wealthy, beyond the dreams of any filmmaker! Why do the Tooks have those funny WASP roman numerals after their names? Does Samís family really become middle class, or are they just passing? And arenít the Brandybucks, with their clannish ways and odd names kind of Ė well ,youíll think this is silly, but hear me out Ė arenít they kind of Jewish, in an odd Shirey way? Shirey, I made that up, but I like it, I like it. So anyway, I think about these little people all intermarrying. Think about the dinners, the holidays, the sex! Itís not just one movie, itís dozens! But Iíll take one, if youíve got one.

Joel Coen: I love Appendix E. Itís kind of a secret vice of mine Ė I think you know what I mean, or why are we having this conversation? Anyway, itís a great movie, but maybe different than you want: I see Bilbo teaching Frodo Elvish during long rainy winters while theyíre holed up in Bag End. A lot of pronunciation jokes at first, of course, following the book Ė like ďrain in spainĒ only in Sindarin. But then it gets really good when we get to the writing, because Sam is secretly listening in Ė foreshadowing that bit in Fellowship Ė and thereís a lot of emotional tension as Frodo tries to grasp the essential linguo-mathematics of the Tengwar, while Sam serves him in the evening and tries not to correct his mistakes in writing the tehtar, you know, the vowel diacriticals. If you really need it, I could add some musical numbers Ė singing Elves in dream sequences Ė to make the parallels between the Cirth and the Anglo-saxon Runes clearer to the audience. But I personally donít think thatís necessary.

Martin Scorsese: Me, I like the Kin-strife. Appendix A.I.iv, I think. Itís the ďfirst great evilĒ to hit Gondor, and itís amazing! Makes the Civil War look sick! Based on Roman models, of course, and donít I know how Italian families wage war on each other? Donít I? Yeah, itíd be an epic. Massive! Bloody! No togas, but oh my God. Iíd need four hours, and Iíd show Jackson how this sh** is done by pros. Oh yeah, heíd have to change Gandalfís speech outside Denethorís hall in Return of the King to include a couple of minutes on the Kin-strife, or this bridge idea donít work.

Tim Burton: I think the Dwarves really come into their own in Appendix A.III, ďDurinís FolkĒ. I love that they live in the dark, and fight in the dark, and make love in the dark, to women who look like men. How the hell can they tell the difference, answer me that! Yeah, thereís some sick sh** in there, mixed up with Pride, Battle-lust, and their own damn Ring. I guess we canít show AulŽ creating them, havenít got the rights or so Pete tells me. But I have ways of getting my ideas over on the audienceÖ Just let me at those Dwarves! You wonít be sorry!

David Lynch: Itís a funny thing, but the Calendars Appendix is underestimated by so many people. Friends of mine loved the films, but wonít read Appendix D! Funny. Anyway, I see a tense, warped historical drama set in late Numenor, where Astronomers of some kind of cultish sect are responsible for working out the Millennial Deficit. Itís 2999, and theyíre just not able to get it right Ė because of the Shadow, which is growing, right? Anyway, thereís an illicit love affair between an astronomer and a royal princess, and the result is, the dates arenít right going into the fourth millennium of Numenorean glory. With me? Good. So you can guess what happens, of course: Sauron finds out about it, and one of the things he does is make sure the Ship captains canít find their longitude because of the Deficit being off by just enough degrees that in a storm Ė well, in a storm, your sailing ships canít afford to be off course, but the last good king Tar-Palantir keeps losing ships, and thatís one of the reasons the bad king Ar-Pharazon takes over. Right? Ok, Part II. Three hundred years later. Ar-Pharazonís getting old; the astronomers are more and more distrusted; Sauron isÖ. Uh oh! Sorry, another call, gotta take it. Look if you like what you heard, call me tomorrow, and weíll talk terms. Iíd really really love to make this movie. Waited for it all my life, believe me!

Ang Lee: Iíve always had a weakness for nature documentaries. You think I just do violence and action, right? Well, sure. Iím good at it, I like it, the films do well. Iím not ashamed of it, or anything. But really, the best single film of the past ten years was The March of the Penguins. And I think, how could I match that? How could I top that? Answer: only with Tolkien. You know Appendix F? Sure, yes, thatís right. The races of Middle-earth and their tongues. See? Itís kind of like a nature film mixed with linguistic anthropology! His races are really just aspects of each of us, but the languages are things of beauty, like art objects. Canít you just see the kind of travelogue that makes? The camera wanders across Middle-earth, learning, seeing, watching, listening. And by the end we realize itís all one world, all one creation, of one single genius, Tolkien. I would be honored to make that film.



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TORN exclusive: Del Toro ď99 percent certainĒ says NL insider. Altaira Send a private message to Altaira Jan 30 2008, 5:28am
    Writer's strike Sunflower Send a private message to Sunflower Jan 30 2008, 5:44am
    Excellent news Owlyross Send a private message to Owlyross Jan 30 2008, 11:27am
    *wild applause* This is GREAT! grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Jan 30 2008, 11:37am
    We're just 1% away from confirmation! Elven Send a private message to Elven Jan 30 2008, 12:01pm
    Very exciting! deej Send a private message to deej Jan 30 2008, 3:03pm
    Wow! Ainu Laire Send a private message to Ainu Laire Jan 30 2008, 3:04pm
    I loved Pan's Labrynth entmaiden Send a private message to entmaiden Jan 30 2008, 3:19pm
    Excellent... Voorhas Send a private message to Voorhas Jan 30 2008, 4:21pm
    Just a thought about the writers strike ... Elven Send a private message to Elven Jan 30 2008, 4:57pm
        Well... Ainu Laire Send a private message to Ainu Laire Jan 30 2008, 11:20pm
    This was from an other post on here - Check it out! ELfKing22 Send a private message to ELfKing22 Jan 30 2008, 5:07pm
    *Keeping fingers crossed* Idril Celebrindal Send a private message to Idril Celebrindal Jan 30 2008, 5:20pm
    The article has certainly hit the net ... Elven Send a private message to Elven Jan 30 2008, 5:48pm
        Too Dark for Middle Earth ? Bilbo the Rover Send a private message to Bilbo the Rover Jan 30 2008, 6:46pm
            Have to agree Lunamoth Send a private message to Lunamoth Jan 30 2008, 6:55pm
                If it's that dark... elentari3018 Send a private message to elentari3018 Jan 30 2008, 10:48pm
                    think about the animated film Lunamoth Send a private message to Lunamoth Jan 30 2008, 10:59pm
                    Yes....it's that DARK Bilbo the Rover Send a private message to Bilbo the Rover Jan 30 2008, 11:42pm
                        It really depends... elentari3018 Send a private message to elentari3018 Jan 31 2008, 3:36am
        Jumping the gun on the sequel Ainu Laire Send a private message to Ainu Laire Jan 30 2008, 11:14pm
            I believe Del Toro... Compa_Mighty Send a private message to Compa_Mighty Jan 31 2008, 12:00am
                Of course...and DVD extras for The Hobbit (ses) Sunflower Send a private message to Sunflower Jan 31 2008, 12:26am
                i *really* hope so too. elentari3018 Send a private message to elentari3018 Jan 31 2008, 3:38am
                Agreed grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Jan 31 2008, 10:03am
                    One can only hope! Ainu Laire Send a private message to Ainu Laire Jan 31 2008, 3:25pm
            A lot of knowledgeable directors were definitely interested on that basis, I hear squire Send a private message to squire Jan 31 2008, 4:06am
                After reading that, I'd vote for Tim Burton!// Finding Frodo Send a private message to Finding Frodo Jan 31 2008, 5:10am
                wow great resource~! elentari3018 Send a private message to elentari3018 Jan 31 2008, 5:24am
                    I'm 99% sure Ainu Laire Send a private message to Ainu Laire Jan 31 2008, 5:30am
                        :blush: haha... elentari3018 Send a private message to elentari3018 Jan 31 2008, 4:24pm
                Are these real quotes.... Sunflower Send a private message to Sunflower Jan 31 2008, 6:37am
                    Bwahahahaha!!! ShadoFaxs Send a private message to ShadoFaxs Jan 31 2008, 9:06am
                        He totally got me! *lights raised bic* Well done! // grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Feb 1 2008, 3:11am
                Oh, very good, laughed myself sick! // Starling Send a private message to Starling Jan 31 2008, 9:31am
                *mods up* This is so great, squire! grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Jan 31 2008, 10:10am
                Simply brilliant {NT} MrCere Send a private message to MrCere Jan 31 2008, 10:53am
                Brilliant, squire! :^D pandemonium Send a private message to pandemonium Jan 31 2008, 1:50pm
                    Antonio Banderas as Fili? dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Jan 31 2008, 3:00pm
                Nice! *mods up* // deej Send a private message to deej Jan 31 2008, 4:51pm
    I think this is good news Eledhwen Send a private message to Eledhwen Jan 30 2008, 7:02pm
    Hobbit will be good! Doriath Send a private message to Doriath Jan 30 2008, 8:31pm
    Beautiful! Compa_Mighty Send a private message to Compa_Mighty Jan 30 2008, 9:33pm
    Guillermo del Toro The Wicked Lute Tavern Jan 31 2008, 1:39am
    Do us good Del Toro . . . One Ringer Send a private message to One Ringer Jan 31 2008, 12:21pm
    Thoughts on Del Toro merklynn Send a private message to merklynn Jan 31 2008, 5:22pm
        I guess the same grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Jan 31 2008, 5:38pm
            Consistency merklynn Send a private message to merklynn Jan 31 2008, 6:01pm
                tone, Continuity, and a little praise for Squire AinurOlorin Send a private message to AinurOlorin Feb 1 2008, 1:54am
                    PG-13 isn't just a rating stormcrow20 Send a private message to stormcrow20 Feb 1 2008, 7:04am

 
 
 

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