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Middle Earth on screen is approaching the end. The Hobbit films are all but over, with the last installment, the Battle of the Five Armies coming out in early December. But will this be our last taste of Middle Earth at the cinema?
Hope has been rested on the shoulders of 'The Silmarillion', a well-known book by JRR Tolkien. A book which few have read, and many have attempted. Characterized by having more names than there are deaths in Game of Thrones, 'The Silmarillion,' is more than a challenge for most readers. Personally, I think that it is far from film-able, but to many, it remains a book destined to be on the big screen. People do pose the idea of it being made into a TV series but it is hard to see how that could work out really. The question is: apart from being complex and confusing to most readers, can it even be filmed?
The answer being no. Well, at least for a while. Most of the Tolkien family hate the movies, especially Christopher Tolkien; the son responsible for publishing most of JRR Tolkien's books including the Silmarillion. Thus, he owns the rights which means that the chance of him selling them is incredibly low. In an interview with Le Monde, his first in forty years, Christopher Tolkien reflects upon his hatred of the films:
Tolkien has become a monster, devoured by his own popularity and absorbed into the absurdity of our time," Christopher Tolkien observes sadly. "The chasm between the beauty and seriousness of the work, and what it has become, has overwhelmed me. The commercialization has reduced the aesthetic and philosophical impact of the creation to nothing. There is only one solution for me: to turn my head away. They eviscerated the book by making it an action movie for young people aged 15 to 25," Christopher says regretfully. "And it seems that The Hobbit will be the same kind of film."
It's hard to blame Christopher for his strong views; saying that he loved his father's books is an understatement. We now have two reasons as to which the Silmarillion will most likely never be made into a movie. It is too complex and confusing for the big screen and Christopher Tolkien will never sell the rights. Is that it? Or is there more?
Well... sort of. If the Silmarillion was to be made, it would not be made by the man himself - Peter Jackson. Although the director who brought Middle Earth to the big screen in the (great movies ever made, fact not opinion) Lord of the Rings trilogy, it would instead be directed by a different director. Why? Because Peter Jackson never even wanted to film the Hobbit! At the end of the Lord of the Rings he stated that he would not be returning for the Hobbit and it sure looked that way. Guillermo del Toro, director of Pacific Rim, was going to be the one to film the Hobbit until he pulled out, thus forcing Peter Jackson to decide whether he would film the movie or face masses of angry fans. Facing criticism for his latest Hobbit films, makes it is even more probable that he won't be returning, definitely not for the Silmarillion. At Comic Con last year, in response to a fan's question, he replied:
I don’t think the Tolkien estate liked those films. I don’t think The Silmarillion will go anywhere for quite a long time.
There are the reasons thus far, why the Silmarillion, along with the many other works written by JRR Tolkien and published by his son, will never be made into films! I hope you enjoyed that post, and if you want similar posts along with your daily dosage of Middle Earth, be sure to visit our page www.facebook.com/thehobbitpage.