Originally Posted by Freeman
Man... I'm so confused about this. I think I've finally landed on thinking maybe the Hobbit just isn't a terribly good book? I guess maybe?
Try reading it and see for yourself. I still prefer it to the Rings books, though I love them all a whole lot. But as Samurai Mike points out, stretching it out into three books might not be good for the integrity of the narrative-- and this is coming from someone who thinks the narrative here holds up and makes for a great adaptation.
Originally Posted by Greg Clark
Saying he wasn't passionate about The Hobbit is truly unfair--he moved himself and his family to New Zealand for two years, didn't work on anything else, and then had to sit on his hands while the rights got worked out. You don't do that if you're not on board 140%.
True statement. It's more than unfair, it's downright false to suggest GDT wasn't ready to go all the way with this and wasn't committed. GDT isn't the type of director to do things half-assed, no matter how much we want to quibble about the quality of his work (which, you know, sorry Shaun H, but you're shunned).
That said, I'm kinda happy that the GDT version didn't work out. I want PJ to get back on the wagon and I want GDT to do his own original shit. Maybe that's just me being a selfish fan, because I'm sure GDT would have made a great Hobbit film-- though I admit my primary interest in a GDT Hobbit revolved around the clout he would have earned from making it.
Originally Posted by Bailey
Purely speculative, but I wonder how much, if at all, GdT leaving had to do with Jackson perhaps realizing he kinda needed to direct this after back to back disappointments. The rights got worked out pretty quickly after Guillermo left, and obviously the first film has arrived much sooner than the project he moved on to.
Seems to make sense. Though, I dunno, is PJ the type to strong-arm someone out of a project for his own benefit/needs?