As most Middle-Earth fans know, the Tolkien Estate isn’t the biggest of fans of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. Tolkien himself sold off the film rights for the movies never expecting them to be made in the first place, and the Estate doesn’t want to give up his other works for adaptations. That means we’ll likely never see The Silmarilion made.
Variety asked Peter Jackson if the Estate changed their minds on the film rights about directing the movie:
â€œIf I had to start tomorrow, I would say no, because I definitely would appreciate a break to clear my head and get my little New Zealand stories done, which is where my passion and my heart is heading now,â€ the director says. â€œBut ask me in two or three years, and Iâ€™d probably say yes. It would be hard to see another filmmaker go into this world, because I certainly have an emotional ownership of it.â€
The funny thing is ten years ago Lord of the Rings fans were demanding that Peter Jackson make The Hobbit. A decade later he did just that, but the internet seems to hate him for doing so.
The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies is out tomorrow, and I’ll be watching it in HFR 3D while enjoying every second of it like I did with the first two.