7 Rules for Making THE HOBBIT Movie Comments - Mania.com


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mortellan 11/19/2009 1:32:21 AM

I don't agree with all those and it was a silly article so it may be for that reason. The Hobbit is definitely not an enourmous narrative. Heck its only 1/2 the size of one LotR novel and those were made into 3 hr movies. Now I don't think that means the Hobbit should be 90 minutes long but it could be, especially if the movie isn't packed with 90 minutes of CGI fluff.  Also you can't cut down on the number of dwarves because it defeats the purpose of adding Bilbo to be the lucky number. Now from a script standpoint I'm sure that many dwarves will be a nightmare for a movie. We saw plenty of tacked on comedy relief from just ONE dwarf last time. Now 12 dwarves, many of which have very little actual dialogue in the books? Yikes.

ThemanG01 11/19/2009 3:39:30 AM

I think most of the points on this list are wrong.

StarlightGuard 11/19/2009 4:15:14 AM

we're gonna trust a guy who produces VH1 reality shows? one who produces dating romantic shows? what's next, The Fabulous Life Of MIddle-Earth?

EvilMonkey 11/19/2009 6:04:15 AM

You can't throw out Balin.  He is the dwarf who goes to reclaim Moria and it his tomb they find there.


Orvs vs Goblins:  there was actually a throw-away line in the Rankin & Bass where Sam says "Orcs, 'Ol Bilbo called them goblins, but whatever the name I loathe the vile creatures."


I can see it being two movies if they are going to add stuff that was mentioned but not seen in the book.  Plus adding stuff to bridge the gap (from the silmarilion I believe).

DarthDuck 11/19/2009 6:17:59 AM

a lot of hostility on Mania this morning...

kinetoscope 11/19/2009 6:22:29 AM

Some of your points were good.  I can't see changing major plot points: the number of dwarfs, the trolls turning to stone, even the singing elves, it can be done in a strong way, like the singing done in the previous LOTR movies by Vigo.  I didn't laugh at his singing or think that he was any less manly. 

I hope they are able to stay as close to the source as possible.  I think they can make Smog pretty cool and very scary if they really work it.  They will likely aim for the same target audience.  I will be praying on my knees that they don't try the George Lucas Phantom trick at aiming for kids knowing that they older generation will go no matter what. But, I feel that they will aim for the same age range.

I look forward to the riddles.

ddiaz28 11/19/2009 6:35:45 AM

I trust that Guillermo and Peter have a strong grasp on the source material and what the fans want to see.  There is no way they will make it a kid's movie. 

I still like that it is two films.  Even though the second is no longer a bridge, I'm still hoping they include what Gandalf is doing since it is occuring at the same time. 

And come on?  Is anyone really worried about how amazing Smaug will be with Weta in charge?  He's going to be sick!

I just hope once they see how awesome they can do dragons, they decide to start adapting His Majesty's Dragon into a film or series.

Walker 11/19/2009 7:07:21 AM

This is clearly a piece written by someone who is not a fan.  The trolls comment is ridiculous -- that is too major a scene to touch.

isgrimner 11/19/2009 7:15:20 AM

 I agree with a few, but think some of the suggested changes are unneeded. The Hobbit shouldn't be as dark as TLotR. It was a much lighter adventure story. They should play it straight to the source material. So keep all the dwarves, even if some are just there in the background mostly. Keep the "stone" trolls. I don't care if you call them Orcs or Goblins, we are called man and human, two words same meaning basically, either is fine.

One thing I do agree with is to keep the Hobbit portion as one movie. The whole dual movie thing comes across as a money grab to me. In my mind the studio is probably thinking, why have one blockbuster movie when you can have two?

Oh and I also think Smaug should be scary and bad-ass.



By the way, it was searching for info about the original LotR trilogy back in late '99 or early '00 that I even found Cinescape or what ever it was called back then. Wasn't it called something else even before Cinescape?

TheStormrider 11/19/2009 7:58:32 AM

Lets ban the use of LOL unless the person actually laughed out loud.

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