Hobbit movie

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Peter Jackson is talking about beginning work on a film version of The Hobbit, perhaps in 3-4 years. I was under the impression that he wasn't really interested, but I guess he just wanted to take a break to do something different first.

I'd like to see them use Ian Holm again for Bilbo, since Bilbo was only a little younger than Holm is when the Hobbit took place. I'd really like to see them include the Council of the Wise attacking Dol Guldur during the time Gandalf is away from the party, with guest spots by Saruman, Radagast, Elrond, Galadriel, and Cirdan. I know this isn't in the book but in The Unfinished Tales, but Jackson included material from the appendices and other works in the trilogy. It would also be great to include Gandalf's discovery of Thrain at Dol Guldur at the beginning to set it all up, along with the meeting of Gandalf and Thorin in Bree before they go to Bilbo, which I believe are both also in The Unfinished Tales. Of course, those last two would also work nicely as DVD extended edition extra scenes. I wouldn't put it past them this time around to film certain scenes specifically for the DVD.

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Jeremy:

I agree: the more that's included (up to a point), the richer the film becomes. And didn't Ian Holm play Frodo in the BBC version of LotR?

BTW, have you read "Following Gandalf" by Matthew Dickerson? It's a great read with a lot of good insights, especially re Faramir and Eowyn.

The council of the Wise attacking Dol Guldur would be AWESOME. I gotta tell you, that the first time I read the Hobbit it didn't really mean anything to me as well as the first time I read the LoTR. But when I went back, you could feel the texture of things going on. So cool. The Council was one of those things that gave you a hint of a bigger picture that Bilbo was just a very small part of.

Now that you mention the events of The Hobbit in light of the events of The Lord of the Rings, I'm not so sure you need to go to The Unfinished Tales for the storming of Dol Guldur. That's recounted at the Council of Elrond, isn't it?

they should really make a hobbit film it would complete the lord of the rings once and for all!!!

I don't think there's any question of whether it will get made. The question is who will make it. New Line seems not to be interested in Peter Jackson doing it, but they don't seem to be finding the right kind of director apart from him. The one guy we know they asked refused to do it without Jackson's ok, and I doubt Jackson would do that. He wants to do it himself. So New Line might run out of time and lose the option, which Tolkien's estate will probably then give to someone else who will allow Jackson to do it.

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