Hello fellow moviegoers!
So, the final movie of the Hobbit trilogy, The Battle of the Five Armies, came out this week, and there are a lot of people out there wondering if they could possibly make any new middle earth movies. Some people say yes, they could make a film based upon the Silmarillion. Others say no, they should leave it as it is. Here is what I think...
I used to believe these six movies should be the only ones they should make. I used to be extremely passionate about that opinion. But, over the past year I have started to realize something. The films are not the books. These films are Peter Jackson's vision, based upon Tolkien's. Who are we to tell Jackson that he cannot continue his vision. If he has a good story that he wishes to tell, and it fits in his universe. Why not make it into a film?
We as an audience need to realize that the Middle-Earth movies are separate from the books. So, if there is another direction they can go with this franchise, they should take it. If they really wanted to, they could take a couple small excerpts from the Silmarillion, and the appendices of the Lord of the Rings and turn those into films. Or they could take root in the Unfinished Tales. There are a million and a half different ways they could take future Middle-Earth films.
One thing I would advise against though, is making a movie out of the entire Silmarilion. That book has so many different stories in it, that trying to turn it into a movie would be nearly impossible unless it took at least 5 movies itself. You think audiences get upset when they turn one book into 3 films? Honestly, the Silmarillion would be best served as a TV mini-series. It would allow them to have those multiple episodes without outraging certain members of the audience. Although, you must keep in mind that the film rights to the Silmarillion belong to the Tolkien Estate, and they seem quite keen on keeping it that way. Sorry but, chances of seeing a version of the Silmarillion on any screen look slim...
One thing I would actually be open to see, was a story not actually written by Tolkien. Let's give somebody else a crack at it, and see what happens. I don't know about you, but I would absolutely love to see a story about Aragorn's son. I think a story about him bridging the gaps between Men and Elves could be very interesting. That would be great! If they wanted to go the prequel/spin-off route, I would like to see a movie based on Elrond. I think that the idea of choosing between becoming a man or an elf is brilliant! That would be a magnificent idea!
Do you think that there could be any more movies set in Middle-Earth? Would you like to see a movie about Elrond? Let me know by commenting on this post!
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