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The Silmarillion movie trilogy by Peter Jackson- how likely??


Jul 29, 1:12pm

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The Silmarillion movie trilogy by Peter Jackson- how likely?? Can't Post

I love the LOTR films and really like The Hobbit. I know the rights to The Silmarillion are not available...but with the changes at the Tolkien Estate, and the desire from movie studios to have franchises, what do you really think are the chances of us seeing a trilogy (or some other format) of movies from Peter Jackson and his team? Jackson has remarked that he didn’t want to immediately return to Middle Earth but it’s now almost ten years since he filmed The Hobbit (!!!) so what are your thoughts? I know The Hobbit disappointed some, but maybe Jackson would view a Silmarilllion adaptation as a way to redeem himself?? Another “unfilmable” book??


Jul 29, 2:51pm

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Very Unlikely, I Should Think. [In reply to] Can't Post

Even with the changes going on within the Tolkien Estate, I'm not sure that the screen rights to The Silmarillion will be sold in the foreseeable future. And even if the members of the Estate are willing to let Peter Jackson head up such a project, I don't know that Jackson would want to take on such a time- and labor-intensive project once again--at least not as director. Also, I do not trust Jackson's tendency towards self-indulgence.


(This post was edited by Otaku-sempai on Jul 29, 2:52pm)

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Jul 31, 1:16am

Post #3 of 4 (309 views)
Agreed. [In reply to] Can't Post

In addition, because of the "historical chronicle" style in which it is written, any Silmarillion adaptation would be largely fanfiction-y, with nearly all the dialogue and much of the storyline filled in by whoever was writing the screenplay. Much as I love LOTR, I don't feel that they were always successful in mimicking Tolkien's style in their invented dialogue. Speaking purely for myself, writing would be a major issue in any Silmarillion adaptation, no matter who directed it.


Roads go ever ever on
Under cloud and under star
Yet feet that wandering have gone
Turn at last to home afar.
Eyes that fire and sword have seen
And horror in the halls of stone
Look at last on meadows green
And trees and hills they long have known.


Tue, 2:24am

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After The Hobbit, I'm hoping zero [In reply to] Can't Post

After what he did with "The Lord of the Rings", I think I'd be tentatively interested if Jackson doing 2 or 3 movies based on "The Children of Hurin" but only if they promised to not do all the freeform changes they did with "The Hobbit". I have no faith and no interest in him doing "The Silmarillion", just too much room for them to bastardize it the way they did "The Hobbit".


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