Thread: Who should Direct the Hobbit?
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Won't we need a list ??
Of the people on that list my choice would be Sam Raimi. He knows New Zealand and has a good track record for Fantasy with shows like Xena and Legend of the Seeker. Not to mention he's a deft hand at balancing humour and drama.
I'm racking my brains on this one and will have to give it some thought (in case for some mysterious reason I don't get the call!).
There's plenty of other directors out there, some of them listed on the link I posted. Thoughts on any of those? Alfonso Cuaron maybe?
For me PJ and Raimi have something in common- they were both more inventive and original without a budget than with.
By the way, Happy 1500 Odo . You must have passed the mark sometime in the last 24 hrs.
Is Xena that Conan-like like gal who scoots around New Zealand with that blond galfriend of hers?
Also, happy 1500th to Odo!
Too late Odo, sorry. I 'fussed!' on your own thread.
I don't need back-up Odo, I am [i:3b1y5ml2]The[/i:3b1y5ml2] Tyrant, immortal and omnicrabbity, so no worries there.
It will hopefully be a family film and Zemeckis did Back to the Future, for me one of the best family films ever made. And a re-watch of Beowulf last night convinced me he could do the visual side no problem and the darker moments. It is easy when watching Beowulf and seeing the dragon burning the village to imagine how well he would do Dale and Smaug.
((((( [i:hx1en2mq]Whimsy[/i:hx1en2mq], 'hey?! I'll give that beard [i:hx1en2mq]whimsy[/i:hx1en2mq]! )))))
I think you are operating under the entirely mistaken notion that Absurdism or Whimsy = Nonsense. Oh no indeed. Absurdism is a form of Surrealism. I agree no-one would consider Dr Seuss, Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The 5 Children and It, or The Hobbit is Nonsense, but none can deny the Humorous/Satirical Surrealist, (i.e. Whimsical) aspects of any of those stories.
Very few directors are capable of dealing in Whimsy, but the few I've mentioned are among the best at it.
[i:3fndscmd]'Absurdism'[/i:3fndscmd]! I mean! [size=150:3fndscmd]really[/size:3fndscmd] The word is absurd itself!
NB GB I've noticed that there is only one [i:3fndscmd]angry [/i:3fndscmd]smilee here - but it does not cover all the varieties of anger I often feel on this Forum. Can something be done about it, please!
He's currently in Asgard directing Thor but should be available in a few months
It would be great to see Branaugh direct something again. I somehow missed seeing his Frankenstein, but between Henry V and Dead Again he showed what he can do. I'll pass over Hamlet in silence.
Tim Burton? The inevitable casting of Johnny Depp as Bilbo chills my marrow.
[i:22oi0278]Halfwise[/i:22oi0278]...mmm? Does this suggest a different answer? Half-wise, yes but... - half-[i:22oi0278]hobbit[/i:22oi0278]? Burrowing a new hole? Are you a hobbit-hole maker? And are there hobbit electricians? Indeed, are there [i:22oi0278]half[/i:22oi0278]-hobbit electricians?
Questions, questions and questions...
Should this post be on the Big Serious Thread?
My goodness, the physics of my mind is all rumbly-tumbly... Your presence tends to do that to me, Halfwise. (Missed you!)
But don't distract me... thinking about a Director....
So according to Ady, folks at Slashfilm are making a case for David Yates for director. he has been responsible for Harry Potter: The Order of the Phoenix, and HP: Half Blood Prince, and HP: Deathly Hallows (due out this Holiday Season). Personally I think Yates has done a bang-up job condensing LotR length Fantasy books into coherent 2 1/2 hour films. Though my own "inner purist" cringed at how much was excised from HP: OotP, I thought it stood up well as a film version all things considered . Deathly Hallows was even better and for me firmly cemented a positive appraisal of his ability to handle the shifting tones of Drama and Humour (though I am still a bit concerned about his ability to handle whimsy ). All in all not a bad call, but I'm not entirely sold yet.
I briefly pondered Chris Columbus who directed the first two Potter films very well, but his best moments in those films were "borrowed" almost entirely from Terry Gilliam's style. And his Percy Jackson film left a lot to be desired.
Of all the directors from the Potter franchise, I think Alfonso Cuaron (HP: Prisoner of Azkaban) is the best bet (despite the less than stellar CGI Werewolf and Dog--which wouldn't be an issue with Weta and Jackson behind the project). He really nailed the tone shifts between light and dark and has a similar sensibility to his friend Del Toro.
Ady makes a solid case for Branagh in his latest blog post:
[quote:fj8f3afk]Branagh has a proven track record in bringing great works of literature to the big screen. He’s also been out of film making for a while which means he doesn’t currently have the stature or the ego to start demanding to be allowed to ’stamp’ his style on the movie. Presumably he would be happy to go along with the foundation work already done by GDT and PJ, seeing the value of being associated with The Hobbit and working with PJ and Weta.
Thor the movie is based on the Marvel comic book hero so presumably he’s had the chance to play around with the latest special effects tools and ok this is pushing it a bit but Thor is from Norse mythology which has strong links to Tolkien’s world. Its only a short walk from Asgard to Middle Earth.[/quote:fj8f3afk]
I'm more familiar with Branagh's roles on the screen than behind them, but by all indications he is very talented. The point of Ady's that sells me the most is this one: "He’s also been out of film making for a while which means he doesn’t currently have the stature or the ego to start demanding to be allowed to ’stamp’ his style on the movie. Presumably he would be happy to go along with the foundation work already done by GDT and PJ, seeing the value of being associated with The Hobbit and working with PJ and Weta."
I'd really like a director that has a similar sensibility to Del Toro (I think I'm leaning more and more to Cuaron or Raimi as snagging Gilliam seems an unattainable goal). But barring that, Ady's point that a talented director who's willing to put forth someone else's vision should do the job is a good one.
On a related note, and as a flimsy excuse for a pic, Kate Beckinsale who played Hero in Much Ado about Nothing would have been my choice for Arwen- if they could have got a time-machine and got her circa 1993 when Much Ado was made-perfect, even more perfect than the very nearly perfect Liv! Here she is as Hero (and the Arwen of my mind);
I modeled my version of Itaril on Beckinsale in Underworld gear . I nominate her for the role if it exists.
Errrm...anyway Branagh, yes he's definitely on my list of possible directors.
Or David Cronenberg, for a close in view of Beorn's transformation into bear-form? He's done talking animals since Naked Lunch.
Kenneth Branagh is looking better and better...
I do hope you are joking.
I just took a look at your site, from what I saw that book looks rather funny and well thought out.
Your pictures (specifically of Bilbo) are flat out hilarious.
I look forward to seeing the finished product.
The drawings are by artist Benjamin Chandler. I agree, his depiction of Bulbo Bunkins is hilarious. It's so weird. The sunglasses and mullet and buck teeth. Not what I expected at all, but somehow it works for me.
Keep an eye on my website for more art. Also, I will continue posting excerpts to this forum, because of the wonderful support and comments I continue to get from people like you. When The Wobbit is published, I'll make sure everybody knows about it!
David Cronenberg is actually not a wholly insupportable idea . Would never be my first choice as director, but I'd be curious to see what his version would be like.
I've been playing with the idea of Ridley Scott, the 80's version of Ridley that is . I'm not sure that the modern Ridley still has the right frame of mind for a Fantasy film.
*(Not really, though he might have been able to do it 20 years ago. OTOH, Alfonso Cuaron sounds better the more I think about it since he was able to do a pretty good job with Harry Potter. I really hope they don't go with David Yates though: the recent Harry Potter films are just poorly made cash-cow-milking machines since the franchise will be successful no matter what.)