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Monday, November 27, 2006

Trouble in Middle Earth?

What is going on in Middle Earth?

Last Monday, New Line Cinema, the studio that saved itself from oblivion by producing The Lord of the Rings trilogy, announced it was not interested in having director Peter Jackson return to helm The Hobbit prequel, or a second film built around J.R.R. Tolkien's other Middle Earth compositions.

Jackson acknowledged the slight in writing, citing his lawsuit with the studio to recover funds allegedly still due him for the first films as the reason he was passed over.

A few days later rumors began to circulate that Spider-Man director, Sam Raimi was being tapped to take the center chair.

Immediately, rabidly angry fans began an online blitzkrieg.

Now, today, producer Saul Zaentz is giving his assurances that Jackson will indeed direct the two films sometime later in the decade.

For my part, if Jackson is not in command, the films should NEVER, EVER be attempted.

What is going on in Middle Earth?


Anonymous EricD said...

Just wait and watch... This is all about money. And it goes back to his lawsuit against NEW LINE over THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING. It will all get worked out in time. I'm not even worried about this one. PJ will end up with THE HOBBIT.

3:22 PM  
Anonymous nate said...

Go fan power.

4:11 PM  

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