This piece of news brings sadness to my soul. The Tolkien universe is one of the greatest works of fantasy ever created. I’m not 100% positive on this stat, but I think “The Lord of the Rings” is the second highest selling piece of fiction behind “The Bible”. I think it’s safe to say that a few people have heard about Tolkien and his Middle-Earth at least once in their life.
In the earlier part of this decade director Peter Jackson brought “The Lord of the Rings” to the big screen in a fashion that earned him and his crew recognition like no other trilogy has brought a director. I mean this guy and his partners not only made billions of dollars, but they produced the best live action adaptation of Tolkien’s work to date. Not to mention that the three films earned him multiple little golden statues, and the last entry, “The Return of the King”, raked in the most Oscars for one picture ever[slider title=”.”]That last statement could be a lie, but I’m pretty sure it isn’t. I can’t afford a team of fact checkers, so whatever I say might be true and if it isn’t it at least sounded good at the time.[/slider]
I, like other geeks around the world, felt a small void in my life post “The Return of the King” because I knew that the journey was over. There were no more books left to be made into a movies for “The Lord of the Rings”. I alwasy hoped that one day Jackson would return to Middle-Earth and make the prequel to “The Lord of the Rings”, “The Hobbit”, into a movie but it was never a done deal. Then, a few years ago my prayers were answered. There was a deal in place to have Jackson produce and not direct a movie version of “The Hobbit”. That’s all I needed to know, as long as Jackson was involved in someway I knew it would get done right.
I’ve sat patiently waiting for these movies to get done and show up at a theater near you. Well with this bit of news I may be waiting longer than I thought. It seems MGM, the studio that is going to distribute the movies has run into some money issues. Big surprise right? Yet another company having money issues. WTF? Do any companies know how to run their businesses anymore? These money issues at MGM have led to more delays in the filming of “The Hobbit”. Until the men in suits get their shit together and quit giving themsleves outrageous bonuses for sitting in a plush office, we the fans will have to wait to see [slider title=”these”]”The Hobbit” movie will actually be 2 separate films, so all of the books content can be covered in a satisfying manner.[/slider] films.
Let’s hope for the best. Maybe Microsoft can buy the film studio and pump it full of Windows 7 money! These films will get made because any good businessman knows that Tolkein equals cash. Stay tuned for more news as it unravels.
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