Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy has been voted the best movie of the past decade by readers of Entertainment Weekly.
Indeed, the films have been listed, singly or as a trilogy, on dozens of “Best of the Decade” lists. Here is an (incomplete) list.
The production situation for Guillermo del Toro’s two-part The Hobbit adaptation has become clearer in the last week, as it appears that various media and online reports relied too much on casual comments made over the last year by del Toro and executive producer Peter Jackson, rather than official announcements by New Line Cinema.
Tolkien movie fans were dismayed to learn this week that production on the two-part The Hobbit feature film will not begin in March 2010, as was previously announced. Producer Peter Jackson told a German film site that principal photography on the Lord of the Rings prequel will not begin until mid-2010 at the earliest.
Bilbo Baggins seems to have used his Halfling Improved Evasion feat to dodge another threat to his feature film return. Motion picture studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has, at least temporarily, staved off a bankruptcy that might have derailed plans for the two-part, Peter Jackson-produced adaptation of The Hobbit scheduled to begin production next year.
Will the Tenth Doctor play Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit? Multiple online and mainstream press sources, particularly the UK’s Telegraph, are speculating that Doctor Who star David Tennant has been tapped to portray a younger Bilbo Baggins in Guillermo del Toro’s two-part film adaptation of The Hobbit.
A two-part film adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s beloved children’s novel, The Hobbit, is slated for release in December 2011 and December 2012. The films will be directed by Guillermo del Toro, with Peter Jackson acting as executive producer and co-writer.
A suit filed against New Line Cinema, producers of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings film trilogy, by the heirs of author JRR Tolkien will be decided by a jury, a state court judge has ruled.
Trivia question: Who is the only member of the Lord of the Rings movie cast who actually met author JRR Tolkien? The answer is Christopher Lee, who portrayed Saruman. And today, May 27th, is Lee’s 87th birthday.
Let me be clear — I love the movies. Love them. I genuinely do not believe that any other filmmaker on the planet would have done as good a job as Mr. Jackson… But here are my major gripes, as far as changes from the books.
Sauron, driven from Mirkwood, escapes to Mordor. Gollum leaves the mountains to search for his Precious. Barad-dûr is rebuilt. Aragorn meets Arwen. Balin goes to Moria. Saruman tries the palantir, and goes bad. Some people are born, some die. That’s it. Not much of a story.