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Rumors about The Hobbit sequel

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Dec. 18th, 2007 | 11:52 am
mood: dubious

You, like I, may be wondering what on earth they mean by the Hobbit and sequel.

According to TORn's Hobbit slideshow at Dragon*Con (last slide):
  • First film will be an adaptation of 'The Hobbit'
  • Second film will be a 'bridge' film to 'The Lord of the Rings'
    • The White Council
    • Expulsion of the Necromancer (Sauron)
    • Introduction to 'Fellowship' cast
    • Gollum backstory expanded
    • Frodo and Shire events
Speculative discussion followed.

I'm somewhat dubious about this, as it would involve getting the older Fellowship actors back again, and if human, looking younger, or if non-human, looking unchanged. Ian McKellan, Viggo and Cate have all said they would want to participate, which is way cool. So I'm interested in seeing what Pete and Fran and Philippa come up with.
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et tu, froote?

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from: berreh
date: Dec. 18th, 2007 08:04 pm (UTC)
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Frodo and Shire events

Hmm. This is the tricky bit - the actors would be ten years older playing younger versions of their characters. I think with the Hobbits this would be most glaring. But, movie magic is pretty strong.

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amusing musing

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from: sandelwood
date: Dec. 18th, 2007 08:13 pm (UTC)
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About the only thing that would spark my curiosity would be if WETA could digitally animate them as their younger selves. It's easier with Sean and Elijah since there's plenty of young footage of them. But it would have to be flawless or it just wouldn't cut it.

But something tells me it could feasibly be done. In Gladiator they digitally animate a character's face after the actor had died before filming wrapped, and I still can't find which parts were digital and which aren't.

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amusing musing

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from: sandelwood
date: Dec. 18th, 2007 08:09 pm (UTC)
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I just don't see how that makes a feasible story. All of those things never become intertwined until LOTR, ergo, they really don't make sense as story on their own.

ERGH.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Dec. 18th, 2007 08:20 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, it's kinda handwavy, especially for the last of five movies! Oh please, please, don't let it be like Star Wars.

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mametsuki

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from: mametsuki
date: Dec. 18th, 2007 09:59 pm (UTC)
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This is too exiting for me to get exited about. That sentance made sense to me, at least.
I want to know Elijah's secret to still looking 18 at 26.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Dec. 20th, 2007 03:21 am (UTC)
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Hee!

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from: wakerobin
date: Dec. 18th, 2007 11:08 pm (UTC)
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I want to know Elijah's secret to chain-smoking for the last oh, 8 years, and still looking 18. There's wizardry at work here somewhere.... (every day I see more evidence to bolster my friend's theory that he's just not from this planet!)

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Dec. 20th, 2007 03:22 am (UTC)
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Well, I wouldn't go quite that far! Someone suggested he could be using Lush skin stuff.

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Amy

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from: amygirl
date: Dec. 19th, 2007 01:29 am (UTC)
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With PJ invovled there's a very strong chance that they'll get Andy back as Gollum. Really...it wouldn't be Gollum without Andy. For the Hobbit itself I really hope they don't force in cameos (like Leggy being involved in the battle or ect) but I wouldn't mind seeing some in the second film if they're believeable. Hugo would aslo be a possibility to logically come back for the Hobbit itself he he wanted too.

If Viggo is interested and they can get Liv I wouldn't be surprised to see a more indepth look at the Aragorn/Arwen relationship in the second movie.

I personally wish they would cast Eric Bana in this just so he could officialy be a member of the LOTR family instead of just adopted in. He'd make a good Dain.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Dec. 20th, 2007 03:23 am (UTC)
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Oh gosh all those sound so good! Though I suspect they'll cast someone cheaper and not quite as pretty as Eric for Dain.

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from: pir8fancier
date: Dec. 19th, 2007 03:02 am (UTC)
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It could be a very good idea or a very bad idea.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Dec. 20th, 2007 03:23 am (UTC)
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I vote for good?

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elmathelas

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from: elmathelas
date: Dec. 19th, 2007 03:33 am (UTC)
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In the book, weren't there something like 30 years between when Frodo received the ring at the party and when he set off on his quest? They've already played with time a great deal... this doesn't at all answer how to get Billy et al looking younger than they were in 2000, but as far as these things go a lot of time issues have already been glossed over.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Dec. 20th, 2007 03:27 am (UTC)
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17 years... But apparently, we're not in bookverse. As the years passed, Frodo seemed to stop aging and appeared at age 50 like a robust Hobbit just out of his tweens. Frodo was red-cheeked and rather stout, but taller and fairer than most Hobbits, with brown hair, bright eyes, and a cleft in his chin.

(Sean's Sam always seemed closer to Tolkien's Frodo to me than Elijah did)

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from: talesinbloom
date: Dec. 19th, 2007 06:34 am (UTC)
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Dubious hopes and every 'but what if' aside, just the thought of it happening and a possible cast reunion makes me unbearably happy. And that is enough to fire the imagination. Which in turn makes happy downright gleeful.

:D

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Dec. 20th, 2007 03:28 am (UTC)
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Good point, SQUEE!

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Dec. 20th, 2007 03:28 am (UTC)
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Damn good point! (I was 11 as well. It's one of those ages...)

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Annie

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from: evil_obsessed
date: Dec. 19th, 2007 04:30 pm (UTC)
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It's been a while since I've read The Hobbit, but was Frodo even there? If he was, he was just a child...

I think (and hope I'm right) they're making two movies because the story is so full and has so many important things, and in order not to miss good stuff. A regular 2 hours movie (or even if they make it 3 hours) would never fit ALL the history.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Dec. 20th, 2007 03:32 am (UTC)
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Well, we just read the Hobbit to the kidlet and it's not that great a story, very episodic and middle is full of walking and more walking. And the characters and interactions aren't nearly as good as in LOTR. The end is quite intense what with the dragon and the battle. But there's plenty of other things which would make great movies, and I'm very hopeful!

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