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'Rings' Director Wants to Bring 'Hobbit' to Screen

Mon Dec 8,11:32 AM ET

By Emma Thomasson

BERLIN (Reuters) - New Zealand film director Peter Jackson (news), tipped to win

an Oscar for his "The Lord of the Rings" epic, said Monday he would like to make

"The Hobbit" prequel to the trilogy and work with some of the same actors again.

Speaking to journalists in Berlin ahead of the European premiere of the last

part of the "Rings" trilogy -- "The Return of the King" -- Jackson said he was

sad but also relieved that the mammoth project he has worked on for seven years

was over.

"I'm glad there's not a fourth Lord of the Rings film next year," he said. "I

feel very tired and exhausted."

"I've been working very hard this year. It was the hardest year of the whole

seven really," he said, adding that the last part had twice as many

computer-generated shots as the second, "The Two Towers," which won an Oscar for

digital effects.

"It's my favorite because it has a stronger emotional depth than the other two

films, it has a sense of closure," he said.

Despite his exhaustion, Jackson is not resting on his laurels and said if

complex rights issues can be resolved he would like to direct "The Hobbit,"

J.R.R. Tolkien's prequel to the "Rings" trilogy set some 50 years earlier.

"I'd be interested in doing it because I think it would give continuity to the

overall chapter," he said.

While many of the lead "Rings" characters do not appear in "The Hobbit" story,

the wizard Gandalf, played by Ian McKellen (news), and Gollum, the cave dweller

corrupted by the powerful ring, do and should make a comeback. Arwen, the elf

princess played by Liv Tyler (news), could also feature again, Jackson said.


Jackson made movie history by filming all three parts of the "Rings" trilogy

simultaneously. The first two films have earned a combined $1.8 billion and won

a total of six Oscars (news - web sites).

Barrie Osborne, the producer of the trilogy, and Philippa Boyens, the writer,

both said they hoped for more Oscars for the third installment, especially one

for Jackson's directing.

"The film is a memorable film that will stand the test of time and be around

forever and ever. However winning depends on what's happening in the world, what

other films are out there that you're competing with," Osborne said.

Boyens added: "Peter didn't make these films to win an Oscar...It's always been

really hard for fantasy films or films perceived as fantasy to get that kind of


Jackson, 42, has certainly not let fame go to his head. He met journalists in an

upmarket Berlin hotel barefoot and wearing a faded shirt and threadbare shorts.

While he said "Rings" was the hardest thing he would ever do, more challenges


"I just love making movies. I have done since I was seven years old," he said.

Jackson will take a few weeks off over Christmas and then start writing the

script for his next project, a remake of the classic "King Kong" which, like the

"Rings," he will also film in New Zealand, using the same team of special

effects experts.

Richard Taylor, whose special effects workshop made 48,000 props for the trilogy

and whose work earned two Oscars, says "King Kong" will be even better than Lord

of the Rings.

"I have every aspiration to make King Kong much cooler," he said. "It's going to

be a very beautiful film."

> East Coast Lantz



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Originally posted by Cleotis

the hobbit cartoon was pretty good.

I remember seeing a LOTR/Hobbit movie when I was a kid. I remember the way Bilbo, Gandalf, Gollum, and the dragon looked. I remember that guy shooting the dragon with an arrow.

And I remember a song "Frodo of the 9 fingers" - That gave me nightmares for a long time.

I need to read that book again!

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When I was a kid, the local college had a puppet/marionette version of The Hobbit. Through the lens of nostalgia, it was FANTASTIC! They even had some great special effects for Smaug.

It would take an incredible film to supplant that memory, but I'd be the first in line to see PJ's version of There and Back Again, Arwen notwithstanding.

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