Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Hobbit Script Heads for Disaster

I was afraid something like this would happen. Peter Jackson has decided to write the screenplay for The Hobbit himself, with some help from director Guillermo del Toro. He didn't do enough damage to The Two Towers and The Return of the King, so he has to abuse The Hobbit, too.

Dreary, dreary me.

In case you're wondering why this annoys me, let me explain a bit:
  • Merry and Pippin were not idiots (in fact, they planned and executed Frodo's escape from the Shire).
  • Aragorn was not a self-doubting emo.
  • Legolas was not Neo.
  • Gimli was not cheap comic relief.
  • Frodo was not a damsel in distress, and he never went to Osgiliath.
  • Faramir was not Boromir-light.
  • Frodo and Sam never had a falling out.
It's one thing to edit the story for the big screen; it's another to radically change it. About the only thing he got unequivocally right was Boromir.

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