Skip to comments.How would ‘The Silmarillion’ fare as a film trilogy?
Posted on 02/23/2014 6:16:39 PM PST by Perdogg
Its the film project that many of us fear we may never see. Yet surely, with time, all may be possible. In this article, Rud the Spud takes a look at how a trilogy based on Professor Tolkiens The Silmarillion might be constructed should such a project ever come to fruition and discusses whether or not it could possibily live up to the Professors massive collection of stories.
The Silmarillion Movie Trilogy By Rud the Spud
Its an idea that has been capturing the minds of Ringers since the days of Peter Jacksons The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy and probably before that too; will Peter Jackson or indeed anyone make a movie of The Silmarillion? After the success of The Lord of the Rings in the cinemas, the natural question was When will he make The Hobbit? Ten years, eleven Oscars and a few greenlight hitches later, we have just been treated to the second film in a trilogy of Hobbit movies. Old fans are loving the opportunity to delve back into the world of Middle-Earth again, new fans are discovering it for the first time and at the end of it all, naturally (and hopefully), we will still be wanting more. Eyes have already been looking toward The Silmarillion Tolkiens posthumously released lifes work telling the story of the First Age of Middle-Earth, the Awakening of the Elves and the events that will ultimately create the world that we know from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
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Just keep leftists from re-writing it
Keep Howard Shore for the soundtrack though..
Not well. There would be too much background information to give, so the audience can relate to it, before they could make three movies.
Maybe if it was done as a mini-series.
Man...I dunno. It’s been a very long time since I attempted to read the Simarillion (sp?), but what I remember was rather ponderous and not at all engaging. I’m not sure it would make a good film.
With enough Peter Jackson fan fiction, I’m sure it would market quite well.
It would make a better miniseries, nothing terribly exciting happens but it’s got a lot of really in depth story that needs room to breathe.
Not well, considering that I started reading it twice, and gave up both times, after getting tired of trying to wade through it.
I’d rather see a short feature of Farmer Giles of Ham, or The adventures of Tom Bombadil. Even Smith of Wootton Major would be preferable.
That’d be awesome, but it would probably take more like a 6-9 film series to do properly (especially if the 2nd Age were also included-Numenor).
If they decided to do three films, like I’ve mentioned before, the would be best to break it down to three stories 1) The Tale of Beren and Luthien, The Children of Hurin, and The Fall of Gondolin.
Peter Jackson and Newline please..?
I don’t think Jackson would want to tackle it. And it’d look a little too much like a Norse pagan version of the Bible miniseries if it did, especially if they threw in the Song of the Ainur . . .
Cate Blanchett would be pushing 50 by the time they get around to it, they'd need another Galadriel.
I don’t think it would translate well - I just reread it about a month ago and gave this some thought as I was reading it (I’d just seen the 2nd hobbit movie and knew there were parts of the latter parts of the Simirillion already referenced there). While it is written loosely enough that the directors would have a blast interpreting it on their own, it covers too much time and too many characters to lend itself to a fair script that would do justice in even 3 movies. Just my opinion and I know the worth of such...
I think the Silmarillion would be extremely tough to film as it is not a narrative story with characters thoughts and feelings. It is like reading non-fiction history. It would be interesting to see how it is approached.
In the last installment of The Hobbit I as impressed with their depiction of Sauron ‘The Necromancer’.
In Silmarillion he is described as being a werewolf king. According to the Silmarillion theology, Sauron is merely a sublieutenant of Morgoth, on a power level with Gandalf and the Balrog. What would a werewolf look like with such powers?
It would however be refreshing to get away from Ian McClellans dominating the series. It is time for a younger Gandalf, or Olorin, to take over.
Of Course, this project would all depend on Cate Blanchett maintaining her looks, she must be pushing 50 by now, but then again elves are supposed to be immortal.
The crossing of the Halcaraxe is a specially significant event because it is those elves who crossed over into Middle-Earth on their own, who are most important in fighting Sauron (not Thranduil, for instance).
“Man...I dunno. Its been a very long time since I attempted to read the Simarillion (sp?), but what I remember was rather ponderous and not at all engaging. Im not sure it would make a good film.”
I thought the same thing. Couldn’t get through it. He seemed to be at this point working on an encyclopedic approach to Middle earth, the beginning of...
It is too complicated to turn into a decent film.
When I was still young and geeky enough to want to, I got it and read it, but it doesn’t have the big long story like the LOTR.
Smith of Wootton Major was a favorite of mine as a child. It had that same sense of wonder and innocence I associate with (to a lesser extent) The Hobbit. Always preferred that to the LOTR’s epic struggle theme.
Which is fine since that was bad casting anyway. That is a flattering picture of her though.
It would be a tough job. I came to the realization that no Single movie, whether in 3 parts or 5 could ever do it justice.
Every story told in the book is a treasure and shining gem. It wouldn’t be possible to bring it to the big screen fairly. To many continuity and development constraints.
It would however make a great 2-3 seasons of 12 episodes each cable series done in a story book fashion. It could possibly go 5 seasons if they wanted the post Melkor early Sauron stuff.
I’m envisioning it more as a TV series.
If you have the time, this makes The Silmarillion come alive.
For the record, I think the silmarillion is too sprawling to make into a film series like LOTR. Theres also no hobbits. What you could do would be to produce films from the longer and more developed stories in it, like Beren and Luthien for example.
Well, to be fair, he never actually finished it.
Not bad looking for an old chick, eh?
They stole the concept of Ringworld for that lousy Matt Damon movie Elysium. Though they made it an orbiting space station instead of a “planet” it had the same rotation and the same walls to hold the atmosphere in.
In actuality, the part that foretells the events in the ‘Ring’ trilogy is only about 20 pages at the end of the Silmarillion. The rest of it might not fare too well with other than devoted Tolkien fans.
By whom. I am sure Game of Thrones is much better as a book than as HBO series - which main goal appears to see how much they shock us with their homosexual sex and overall sadism.