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Screwing The (Hobbit) Pooch

November 21st, 2006

Filmmaker Peter Jackson reports that MGM and New Line Cinema are going forward with their plans to make the long-anticipated film adaptation of The Hobbit…without him. At issue is a dispute over profits from The Fellowship of the Ring. Jackson, understandably, doesn’t want his participation in the prequel a condition of settling his lawsuit with New Line.

I know that the following will come uncomfortably close to a fanboy rant, it must be said that this is a terrible decision on the part of New Line. While I’m sure that other directors could do justice to the book, the entire point of the project should have been to reunite Jackson with Ian McKellen as Gandalf and Hugo Weaving as Elrond; and to provide as much continuity as possible with the design work established in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Unless New Line pulls its collective head out of its collective bunghole, I think that they’ve just cost themselves several hundred million bucks.

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