Other potential directors who could have taken over The Hobbit include Sam Raimi, who expressed an interest in the films and is no longer a part of the Spider-Man franchise. Apparently the studios want Jackson to direct the films, but names like , , and were all thrown around. On June 25, 2010, Jackson announced that he probably would direct "two installments of Hobbit films". He was in negotiation with MGM and Warner Brothers to start shooting the films at the end of 2010.
Guillermo del Toro reluctantly left his position as director of the Hobbit movie(s) because he had many other movies he planned to work on and could no longer spend so much time on . Although he left as director, he said that he would continue to co-write the screenplay.
I've loved the Hobbit for a long time, and was excited to see an eBook version come out. "Finally, I can read it on my Nook", I thought. I was extremely disappointed in some of the choices of the formatters. Tolkien's illustrations are included, but are reduced to a postage stamp size, for some reason. The Nook screen has a very high resolution, and the illustrations should take advantage of it! The illustrations even look terrible on the tiny iPhone screen. Also, for some reason, the lines of verse are irregularly spaced. Sometimes you'll get 5 stanzas on the screen, sometimes two or three with bizarre spacing. If I'm paying for a product, I expect a professional look and consistent formatting!
That time has arrived-I read The Hobbit last week for my local book discussion group & must say I enjoyed it more than expected. The goblins were scary, but I enjoyed Smaug & was sad at his ending, even though he was certainly ferocious. It was all quite an adventure story and I’m considering reading the other parts of this series.
I saw the film with my son yesterday. We both enjoyed it but I agree that it is like butter that has been spread too thin (to quote somebody). It’s padded out with flashbacks to Dwarvish history, and stuff form the Appendices of LOTR, from Unfinished Tales and other stuff. The problem with that is that it makes the film much darker than the book – in reality The Hobbit was written first and Tolkien hadn’t invested Sauron, or the Ring, or any of the really scary stuff from LOTR. In fact, in the original version of The Hobbit, Bilbo and Gollum have a friendly riddle game and part on amicable terms. That part was rewritten later, to fit the emerging narrative of LOTR.