February 17, 2018

Fierce Fan Fallout From Hobbit Decision

By LJ Staff

For Tolkien heads, Middle-earth and Peter Jackson go together like mac and cheese, gin and tonic, and, well, Sam and Frodo, so when word broke that New Line Cinema was passing on Peter Jackson as director of The Hobbit it was as if studio execs had thrown open the black gates of Mordor itself and unleashed a million monsters screaming for their blood. Fan fallout from the decision was swift and fierce and bodes ill for the production. Chat room feedback ranged from "New Line has set itself up for failure" to "Peter Jackson gave me what will probably be the last incredible ‘wow’ feeling I’ll ever have watching a film, and I cannot imagine anyone else even coming close to delivering the same kind of experience," to "I feel like there has been a death in the family," and "this just sucks." More than just talk, fanboys have declared war against New Line: mods at top Tolkien site TheOneRing.net posted a list of all the Hollywood players connected to The Hobbit and are encouraging a pro-Jackson mail campaign, while others have started a petition to secure Jackson as director (if nothing, geeks are loyal). Their voices are being heard: Daily Variety has quoted a spokesman from MGM, which holds distribution rights to the production, as saying "the matter of Peter Jackson directing The Hobbit is far from closed."