HOLLYWOOD- Tolkien fans will be delighted to learn that Peter Jackson isn’t quite ready to say goodbye to Middle Earth yet, following swiftly on from the concluding episode of The Hobbit trilogy with The Hobbit Part 4: The Road Goes Ever On.
Jackson spoke to Studio Exec EXCLUSIVELY following the premier of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in London recently.
I don’t feel ready to give up on this story quite yet. There are loads of fans, and I count myself amongst them, who would like to see what Bilbo was doing between The Hobbit and the beginning of The Lord of the Rings.
But Tolkien never wrote about that period.
No. And we have already used up the appendices and various other parts and things which Tolkien wrote in letters and on scraps of papers, notes to the milkman etc. We did initially consider using the back of the book, you know the blurb and where there are quotes from the critics and the price in US and Canadian dollars as well as pounds sterling, but ultimately that stuff was rather dry and hard to imagine cinematically, so we gave up and decided we were just going to have to invent it completely from scratch.
So what’s the story going to be?
I think we’ve all had enough of quests and it’s fairly obvious when Fellowship of the Ring begins that Bilbo has not been doing much in the intervening years, so this film is going to be much less action orientated. We’re going to see Bilbo smoke a lot of weed and how his rivalry with the Sackville-Bagginses festers. We’ll see him adopt his nephew Frodo and attempt to write his book. There is going to be some wonderful CGI gardening sequences, with swooping camera shots and a cast of thousands of parsnips all generated by WETA. This is without doubt going to be the most vegetably of the Middle Earth films.
Despite not wishing to say anything else about his non-Hobbit films, Jackson was also adamant that the proposed Tom Bombadil and Silmarrilion films will go ahead as planned, but his Tin Tin film is the mad opium dream of a demon possessed poet.
The Hobbit 4 will be released in 2016.
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