Did you know that Peter Jackson shouldn’t have directed the “Hobbit” trilogy, available on the Amazon Prime Video service? Another big name of the seventh art was indeed initially foreseen.
The adventures of Hobbit on the big screen, or the story of a complicated genesis … In the mid-90s, Peter Jackson showed a keen interest in tackling the adaptation of Tolkien’s work. But rights issues held by United Artists put a brake on the project and the New Zealand filmmaker first launched The Lord of the Rings, a pharaonic project that takes the form of a trilogy.
In 2005, the three films in Middle-earth having won, to say the least, a huge worldwide success, Peter Jackson, in a position of strength, finally acquired the rights to the film. Hobbit. The director is however removed from the project after having launched a lawsuit against the New Line around a merchandising story on The Lord of the Rings.
Jackson will not, however, remain at odds with the studio for very long, returning to the project after a few months thanks to the unwavering support of his … Community! No longer wishing to be an officer behind the camera, he contented himself with a position as a producer and participated in the search for a director.
After proposing the name of Sam Raimi, the daddy of the first Spider-Man trilogy, Peter Jackson accepts in April 2008 that Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Shape of Water) realizes the adventures of the Hobbit on big screen. The Mexican actively participates in the writing, so dense that it augurs the start of two films. And manages to create a script mixing a fairy tale tone specific to his cinema with the legacy of Peter Jackson developed in The Lord of the Rings.
But Guillermo del Toro will have to throw in the towel, facing three simultaneous problems:a strike by American screenwriters, the financial problems encountered by MGM and successive postponements of filming. This is too much for the filmmaker, who left the ship in the spring of 2010, leaving Peter Jackson to take control.
In the end, it is therefore ultimately Peter Jackson who will adapt The Hobbit in three films: An Unexpected Journey (2012), The Desolation of Smaug (2013) and The Battle of the Five Armies. A work which therefore combines two visions: that of the New Zealander and that of Guillermo del Toro, credited as a screenwriter on the three opus.
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