BySophie Atkinson, writer at
Sophie Atkinson

I can predict with complete certainty what will be engraved on Kiwi director 's headstone. Three words: 'Glutton for punishment'. Over the past fifteen years, despite his repeated distaste for big, ambitious three part projects, Jackson has filmed not one, but two multimillion blockbuster trilogies.

Earlier this year, there were rumors floating round about the possibility of Peter Jackson going for third time lucky by transforming yet another Tolkien property to a box-office busting three part-er.

The little known The Silmarillion was intended as a sequel to The Hobbit and was only published after Tolkien's death. It's a collection of Middle-Earth histories and is set at some time in the Earth's past. As such, it's meant to have been translated from Bilbo's three-volume Translations from the Elvish, which he wrote while at Rivendell.

Since the work was never finished, its present incarnation was fleshed out by Tolkien's son, Christopher and others, including fantasy writer Guy Gavriel Kay, and they worked from JRR Tolkien's notes.

The short retrospective video below offers a balanced perspective on Peter Jackson’s tendency to say no initially to seemingly impossible storytelling tasks and then later take them on. As such, it may give hope to those of us rooting for The Silmarillion!


Reportedly, Tolkien's family has refused Jackson the rights to film the novel because they didn't like his rendition of The Hobbit. However, since we haven't had this confirmed through any official channels, it could just be the rumor mill churning out baseless gossip. Fingers crossed – I'd love to see Peter take on his most sprawling, ambitious project yet.


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