Quote: Peter Jackson Wants The Hobbit in New Zealand

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Peter Jackson, director of the Hobbit trilogy

“This is where Middle Earth was born and this is where it will stay.”

–PETER JACKSON, in a letter read at a rally in New Zealand, where people protested switching the filming location of the upcoming movie The Hobbit out of New Zealand due to labor disputes. (via the Guardian)

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tracibear707
tracibear707

Ah sorry,  The story is going out in every direction.  Prequels, back stories, novellas, Graphic novels, Atlas' and massive amounts of fan art related to the world of Westeros, Essos, and the far reaches.  It will grow and live in Franchise for generations to come.  This is just the stumbling beginnings. Look at the Star Trek Franchise.  I think this will be BIGGER!

Waters144
Waters144

I agree - to a certain extent. If the show surpasses the books the books will be far from "worthless." There has even been some talk of the show having a "false ending" that also happens in the series and would be satisfying to show-watchers, but having the plot of the books extend beyond that. I think perhaps book-readers could imagine the sort of false ending that would be satisfying for show-watchers, but I won't throw any spoilers out there. 


My one concern is that GoT has been sooo strong because it is able to pull the best bits from very dense, complicated source material. Yes they (D&D) have the broad strokes of character arcs and plot lines, but they don't have the rich text to pull from and that worries me. 

Lucelucy
Lucelucy

I'm one of those people who have issues with Martin and the quality of the later books, but I'm still reading and will continue to read. And watch.


That being said, did I ever tell you guys about this great idea I have for an opera? It would be called "The Redemption of Jaime Lannister," whose signature music would be an aria called "The Things I Do For Love," which would repeat with various shadings and meaning throughout. Kinda wish I'd kept up with those piano lessons.

MartinHarvey
MartinHarvey

I truly don't understand the popularity of the books, which are some of the most boring, banal and poorly edited writing I have read. GRRM believes his plots are far more interesting than they are.

The entire Red Wedding is laughable; Uhm, was I supposed to be upset or sad that a bunch of unlikable, whiney characters who never lived up to their agreements, forced other people to take their place, set free their enemies and killed their own men, were finally executed by the very people they had betrayed left and right? This would be fine if the writing, plotting and pacing weren't all so horrific, along with the prose which may as well come from a teenage boy masturbating to comic con while giggling to himself because he's loopy on codeine-laced cough syrup.

"His cloak was black as sex!" WTF does this even pretend to mean?

And God forbid that out of the hundreds of characters he comes up with, every once in a while he makes one interesting by mistake. Oops, can't have that. Kill him off just to show how unpredictable a writer I am!!!!!

In short, GRRM is the "writer" you people deserve.

NaomiHovey
NaomiHovey

I LOVE the books but do not care for the show and its changes so I would be quite unhappy to have the ending of my most favorite story to be in the show and I have it spoiled by people talking about it when I hadn't read it yet.

Bsums
Bsums

There are so many ways to give Martin more time. I can come up with several just off the top of my head. Take longer breaks between seasons, have an episode air every 2 weeks instead of 1, have mid-season breaks like many other shows have done (Walking Dead, Archer, South Park), make each episode 30 minutes instead of an hour to make each season take twice as long, use more material from the book (but NOT too many fillers: God knows the show is slow-paced enough). Martin just needs to focus more on writing his next book rather than overseeing the show.

LindolFrench
LindolFrench

I watched the series, then read the books, then re-watched the series. I loved every bit of it. I could not agree more. I got more from each telling, regardless of the medium. So good.

alexander.s.finlay
alexander.s.finlay

@MartinHarvey  maybe you should go read the Twilight series. Obviously A Song of Ice and Fire is garbage and you are just too sophisticated for the drivel of some washed up screen writer. 

SilvestriWoman
SilvestriWoman

@Bsums  That doesn't solve the problem of aging teen actors.  Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner may not be as much of a problem, assuming they stay away from sun and cigarettes.  They've surely reached full height.  The young men are another story.  What is young Isaac Hempstead Wright, now 15, suddenly has a major growth spurt?  One high school friend of mine, who looked no more than 10 when he started 9th grade, shot up to over 6'  by his senior year.  Sure, Kristian Nairn is nearly 7', but it still would be rather odd.  Hodor, indeed!

jponiewozik
jponiewozik moderator

@Bsums  There are TONS of way for HBO to give GRRM more time. More seasons. A Dunk & Egg prequel. Longer breaks. They all add up to finishing GoT several years later than intended, though, so I don't foresee HBO going for any of them. 

Dmax
Dmax

@jponiewozik @Bsums  I would think that Martin's publishers would have some say in the matter. If everything gets wrapped up in the show, it will affect sales of his final book. I can't imagine that this is just a question of who gets there first. For the record, though, I think it would really suck to go ahead of the books. 

Captiosus
Captiosus

@Dmax  Except, IIRC, Martin gave up many of his rights in the original 2007 HBO contract. His publisher probably has no say in HBO's direction at all. If HBO wants it wrapped up in 7 seasons, it'll either be wrapped up in 7 seasons or not finished. Mostly this will be due to actor contracts. The handling of Deadwood comes to mind.