I've never read this yet so I'm going to get it tomorrow, if I can find it.
Just thought I'd post to here your thoughts on this, I'll post mine later after I've read a bit of the books first.
September 14th, 2006, 12:22 AM
Wow. Big news, crazy news, interesting news. I've never heard of the books, but I'm a big Jackson fan. He always seemed interested in doing a European war epic, and the fact that this includes dragons is cool.
However, I think it should be noted that this article says it's a possibility, it's not confirmed. It's also not confirmed if he will do one movie, three movies, or leave it for some "other form of media" whatever that means.
But he still has to direct The Lovely Bones, and produce the Halo movie (unless he quits that project).
This sounds cool but... it doesn't look good for those who want Jackson to do The Hobbit. If he does three movies for this series, we probably won't see him do the Hobbit until 2012 at the earliest (11 years after Fellowship). And even then, that's only assuming that he's still into doing a fantasy movie at all. By that point he could very well be sick of fantasy....:(
September 14th, 2006, 05:18 AM
Wow! It has been a pretty eventful year for Novik. SFFWorld has a lot of coverage of Novik, as Hobbit reviewed Temeraire here (http://www.sffworld.com/brevoff/259.html), and Rob reviewed the three books of the series here (http://www.sffworld.com/brevoff/264.html), here (http://www.sffworld.com/brevoff/290.html), and here (http://www.sffworld.com/brevoff/296.html). Patrick also interviewed Novik here (http://www.sffworld.com/interview/167p0.html).
Boy, that was a lot of tagging! :D
September 14th, 2006, 05:42 AM
And I mentioned this news item HERE. (http://www.sffworld.com/forums/showpost.php?p=339543&postcount=9) I think Evil's right, though - whether this film is made or not, I really don't see The Hobbit happening, at least not by Jackson.
September 14th, 2006, 12:12 PM
Well, that last word from Jackson was that The Hobbit would probably happen, but in 3 or 4 years (I think he said that earlier this year). But if he goes ahead with this project, I either see him dropping the Hobbit altogether, or perhaps handing the reins over to someone else...
September 14th, 2006, 12:17 PM
I'm concerned that he has done adaptations and interpretations for a while now. What about a fresh idea? Though saying that, I suppose a lot of directors do this...It just seems really predictable. I wouldn't want Jackson's career to emulate Night Shyamalan's.
September 20th, 2006, 08:47 AM
Many original screenplays are adapted from novels and short stories. I don't see the problem with jackson continuing in this vein for as long as he likes.
Remakes... now that's where I start to get tired (though KK was a good 'un, admittedly).
As to Temeraire, while I personally didn't get on with the writing style, the premise is undenably visual and should translate splendidly to celluloid. And I wouldn't worry too much about it getting in the way of The Hobbit. An option is all that is down so far and there could be years and years of work before any film goes into production.
September 28th, 2006, 03:03 PM
Most recent news is that MGM is parterning up with New Line to get The Hobbit made, and they are eager for PJ to do it. He may do this before he ever gets around to Temeraire, which has only been optioned sofar..
September 28th, 2006, 04:58 PM
Good news! I hope so! I've been watching the LOTR trilogy this week, and it reminded me how badly I'd love to see The Hobbit.
October 3rd, 2006, 09:17 AM
I really liked the first book, and look forward the reading the next two. Glad to see Jackson is interested in doing a movie. It will a good visual story. Just the shots of all the different kinds of dragons alone will be spectacular if done right.