Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Wasn't that the short one that Robin McKinley loathed?

How the heck do you wring two movies out of The Hobbit?

9 comments:

Becky said...

I was wondering the same thing. It's not that long a book, and I don't think it's that complex that would require stretching to two movies...

Zolah said...

It won't be two films from the same book. It's going to be 'The Hobbit' and (oh dear) 'A sequel'. I take that to mean PJ and co. will be writing some more jolly adventures for Bilbo and his spiffing magic ring...

SamRiddleburger said...

>> How the heck...

There: Part I of The Hobbit Saga

Back Again: Part II of the Hobbit Saga

Anonymous said...

how do you make a two-part HOBBIT ? the same way you make a book/game construct to exploit the already-hooked POTTER readers with something "just as good" - that is, having a commercial instinct

Brian Floca said...

The Hobbit! The book may be as short as its namesake, but it is chockablock loaded. From the vaults of sixth grade memory come tumbling, in rough order of appearance, Gandalf, dwarves, trolls, mountains, goblins, Gollum, the Ring, and so on, and that’s not halfway through the book. I could go on. I couldn’t tell you what I read last night, but I can do chapter and verse of the Hobbit. Anyway, two movies, easy. Which must have lead New Line to the natural question, why settle for one cash cow, when you can have two? I’m only surprised there won’t be three.

Monica Edinger said...

How about:

First Movie:
What Ever Happened to Lyra, Roger, Billy, Mrs. Coulter, Lord Asriel and Bilbo?

Second Movie:
The Wrath of Gollum

tim b said...

How the heck do you do any less?

Most movies made from novels are sad, truncated affairs: who hasn't had the experience of seeing a film made from a favorite book and missing the excised secondary characters and plotlines?

The very best adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, for example, isn't any of the theatrical film versions but the 6-part BBC miniseries. There was enough time in that format to do the novel something like justice.

By contrast, John Huston's The Dead has all the time in the world to explore its material, a short story.

I've long thought short stories made better bases for film because you could get through the plot and still leave time for all the visual exploration film does best.

So I say hooray to this news, especially if it's Peter Jackson at the helm. I didn't agree with all of his LOTR choices but in terms of filming the otherwise unfilmable he did an amazing job.

tim b said...

Another obvious example of the short-story source material leaving the director ample room to explore: Brokeback Mountain.

Sorry for the double-post, but couldn't leave that one out...

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