Riddles In The Dark

This is so close to not being worth posting, but I felt I had to for a very important, personal reason: back in the day, when I first read the Hobbit, this was the chapter that made the biggest impression on me. Not the dragon, not the wargs, or eagles, or the Battle of Five Armies. It was Riddles in the Dark. Gollum and Frodo. So this picture makes me feel shiny inside.

I might as well, to pad out the post, make mention of the rumour that The Hobbit might become three movies rather then two. The fact that New Line hasn't officially commented on it suggests that they are considering it, and that makes me uncomfortable. I was alright with it being two films, because I was confident that Jackson and Co. could make it work. Character expansion would account for some, and the Battle of Five Armies isn't described at all in the book, so there would be quite a bit of room to grow there. And Gandalf and Council would account for additional time. But somehow stretching out the second part into three seems like the very definition of decompression.

And if Jackson were interested in filming more of the appendix and supplementary material, I'd be more content with him leaving that stuff for extended DVD releases. I love the extended versions of the trilogy, but I wouldn't have sat through them in a theatre. As it stands, I watch them as six films, not three. And even if everything else were pushed into a third film, I'd still be disinclined to see it in the theatre.

I'd like to here from Jackson as to which additional material he was considering, and make my judgement from there. I'd be fine with a movie just about Gandalf roaming Middle Earth, learning things, but I don't know that the general public might be as accepting.

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About MR. Clark

Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.


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