Skip to comments.Sam Raimi Will Direct The Hobbit?
Posted on 01/28/2007 4:33:14 PM PST by maquiladora
There has been speculation about this since last November but according to a major newspaper, Sam "Spider-Man" Raimi is considering directing The Hobbit.
LA Times has the following:
In a move that would have ramifications for several major multi-nationals, and millions of fans, "Spider-Man" maestro Sam Raimi has been telling associates, as well as his corporate masters at Sony, that he is thinking of directing "The Hobbit," the prequel to J.R.R. Tolkien's masterwork, "The Lord of the Rings." At least two top-level insiders who declined to be named -- have heard the words out of the director's mouth.
A year ago, such a swap of franchises would have been unthinkable, given that Peter Jackson co-wrote and directed the Oscar-winning "Rings" trilogy, but that was before the slugfest erupted between the once-rotund director and New Line honcho Bob Shaye.
Jackson is suing the studio over money he says is owed to him from the the "Rings" films, which grossed more than $3 billion at the box office and another $1 billion on DVD. In the last few weeks, Shaye has declared Jackson persona-non-grata at New Line, stating publicly that, "He will never make any movie with New Line Cinema again while I'm still working at the company."
According to a New Line source, the studio isn't just contemplating one "Hobbit" movie, but two. The prequel tells the story of hobbit Bilbo Baggins and how he first discovers the magical but sinister ring, the very object that drives the action in "Lord of the Rings."
Still, while Raimi might be an irresistable replacement for Jackson, his ascension to the directing chair is far from a sure thing. New Line says it doesn't have a deal with the director, and Raimi hasn't met with Shaye or production president Toby Emmerich. More potentially problematic is the fact that MGM owns the distribution rights to the film. An MGM spokeman insists that MGM remains firmly in the Jackson camp: "We support Peter Jackson, and when the dust settles, we believe he is the one who will be making this movie."
A call to Raimi's office was directed to his agent, Richard Lovett, at CAA. The agency did not comment.
For Sony, losing Raimi who gave "Spider-Man" its distinctive visual theatrics would be a blow. Studio chief Amy Pascal has said she wants to make six installments of the "Spider-Man" tale. Just this week, the studio announced it was rehiring David Koepp, who wrote the first film, to write "Spider-Man 4."
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Rats. I was hoping for the Farrellys. Woody Harrelson as Frodo "Munson" Baggins would be cool.
If New Line has any sense, they'll dump Shaye and bring back PJ.
There's an idea :~)
Fine, then get rid of Shaye. It's Peter or nothing.
I think that's a major sentiment. I don't think they'd be wise to completely disregard the loyalties of the fans.
Yah! I was watching Disc Five (Appendixes) of the LOTR movies this afternoon. Peter Jackson, or don't do it. Without him, the movies wouldn't have been possible.
Ordesky said that New Line has a limited time option on the film rights they have obtained from Saul Zaentz (this has never been conveyed to us before), and because we won't discuss making the movies until the lawsuit is resolved, the studio is going to have to hire another director.
Haven't found anything definitive on the issue yet. The idea broached of a Hobbit AND another "prequel" sends shivers through the spine of this LOTR purist. I remember Ralph Bakshi...
Yeah as far as I'm aware, the rights go back to Saul Zaentz at the end of this year unless it's in production.
I'd say if wasn't for Tolkien, the movies wouldn't have been possible. It doesn't matter to me who directs, as long as he/she respects the original material.
My thought as well. All of it would be impossible, it's too disjointed, but perhaps the story of Beren and Luthien and the fight against Morgoth? Or perhaps Isildur's story from the Second Age? You could probably get a movie out of either but there isn't a great deal of material for a screenplay.
1) The Hobbit - an adaptation of the book as we know it
2) LOTR prequel - a film documenting the events between The Hobbit and the start of Fellowship
Ah, thank you. Most interesting. Those events are a bit sketchy but I suppose they'd include the White Council's attack on Dol Guldur and Sauron's flight to Mordor. Perhaps the seduction and fall of Saruman. Maybe the re-awakening of the Nazgul. Beyond that I'm going on memory and it's coming up a little dry...
LOTRs were just the last books in a long line of Tolkien mythology. The wrap ups to the middle age.
The "prequell" books are quite awesome, try the simarillion, and the akallabeth.
As far a PJ, he rewrote too much for my taste. Half of the last book gone pffft like it never happened.
The real reason Jackson had such great success with the trillogy was he had awesome material to begin with. Look at King Kong, 2hrs of Jack Black in 20s NYC, when all anyone wanted to see was the monkey.
Rami rocks!!!! Very innovative camera angles, and infusion of comedy.
I can't imagine anyone other than Peter Jackson directing the Hobbbit.
While I had a few exceptions to his treatment of LOTR, overall his adaption was pretty darn good.
Nobody else could have pulled it off.