Friday, February 15, 2008

Compelled to clear Jackson from Hobbit

Whether or not you're a Lord of the Rings fan, you'll no doubt respect the fact that Peter Jackson did what other filmmakers couldn't: make 'fantasy' films mainstream. Earning a ridiculous number of Academy Awards and raking in box office dollars didn't hurt either.

That's why we have major studios cranking out crappy wannabes like Spiderwick Chronicles, Narnia Chronicles, and anything else with that might support 7 iterations of lame sequels.

Regardless of the imitations, there's been a lot of buzz around the movie production of Tolkien's 'The Hobbit'. I chatted about it back in 2006.

How much has changed since then. Now Jackson isn't doing the film, although he's rumored to be producing, and they're trying to secure a director, namely Guillermo del Toro. He's the powerhouse behind 'Hellboy', its sequel, and 'Pan's Labyrinth'. Then the film gets held up by a lawsuit filed by Tolkien's estate.


I just felt compelled to make an update given that I could see folks checking out that article from 2006, and I just felt extremely irresponsible for letting myself lag on some sort of update.

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