Reports have emerged through a fan site (courtesy of Cinematical) that Guillermo Del Toro’s already epic two-part adaptation of The Hobbit could be expanding into trilogy form. The reports suggest the only issue behind his becoming a reality are the contracts held by Del Toro and Peter Jackson, as both would need extending and, subsequently, would impact on future scheduling.
I’m absolutely a massive fan of Del Toro, so anything which indicates he will be making more films is entirely welcome to me. But it worries me a little that so much of his precious time will be taken up making yet more Tolkien-related projects.
Personally, I’m a much bigger fan of The Hobbit than the original books, so this film generally gives me a significantly larger amount of excitement that those original three did. But he has so many projects left to do yet. Among them, and most exciting to me, would be 3993, the final part of his Spanish trilogy alongside Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth.
I realise what a brilliant filmmaker he is, but the majority of his truly incredible work has been Spanish language, topped off by his masterwork in Pan’s Labyrinth. The Hobbit is very likely to change that, but I would really like to see him take on his own worlds again.
As the shy and retiring producer of The Movie Overdose it’s my job to get Sam and Tom together in the same room and record their thoughts and opinions on the world of cinema. More often than not I’m quite content to sit back and bask in the velvet tones of your two magnificent hosts, piping up every so often with a terrible and almost entirely inaudible contribution from the back of the room.
So consider this my slightly more audible response to a section of episode 10 wherein Sam and Tom discussed whether Watchmen was a failure, in particular, the “unfilmable” aspect of the source material. Now I still haven’t seen Watchmen myself, despite paying £25 for a special screening and sitting through the entire film with no visibility and atrociously painful seating arrangements. So utterly awful was my experience with that movie that despite the fact that all the cinema auditorium elements were present: a screen, a chair and myself, I still feel as though I haven’t watched it. Why write an article then? Well my overall impression of the film despite these conditions was positive and as a huge fan of Alan Moore’s work I think I can say it was a success to a degree. For those in the know it’s completely fair to say the book is inherently unfilmable but yet Zack Snyder did it. The structure of the narrative arc, the ensemble cast and heavy message all add up to this sprawling masterpiece which even to try and successfully film just one aspect of the book, the filmmaker runs the risk of massacring the entire book and incurring the wrath of countless die-hard comic fans.
Read on for the rest of this scintillating opinion piece.
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