Dom Weighs in on The Hobbit

August 27, 2010

Dominic Monaghan (Merry) has weighed in on (perpetually) upcoming Hobbit films. He told MTV News, “”I can’t really imagine anyone other than Pete directing The Hobbit,”, adding that the filmmaker’s extensive work in creating the world of Middle-earth would make it virtually impossible for another director to step into Jackson’s shoes.


“You have to understand — the world of Middle-earth has already been created by Peter Jackson, by his special effects company, both physical and digital, these computer generated characters,” said Monaghan. “It would almost be impossible for a director to come in and bring his own thing because how would he color Middle-earth and how would he create Gollum without those codes? Pete has all of those codes that make Gollum a computer-generated character and makes the Cave Troll and makes all of these special effects.”

“It’s almost like asking someone to paint a picture but giving them no paint,” he continued. “Pete really has all of the paint. Unless he’s either producing or directing, not only will the film not correlate with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but I think the vast majority of the Lord of the Rings fans will boycott the film because Pete had so much to do with that franchise.”

For his own part, Monaghan would be up for returning to Middle-earth in The Hobbit, though he has some concerns about the possibility.

“I wouldn’t want to cheapen the strength of The Hobbit, which is really the story of Bilbo and Gandalf and various other characters,” he said. “To kind of cookie-cutter in the characters that people grew to love in Lord of the Rings, I think might not be incredibly fair to an audience who really loved that book. But I’m going to know Pete for the rest of my life, and I hope to work with him several times before he hangs up his ‘Hobbit’ feet.”

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2 Comments to Dom Weighs in on The Hobbit

  1. Jason says:

    August 28th, 2010 at 6:43 am

    I like that he feels no need to put LOTR characters that don’t belong in The Hobbit. The closer the film makers stay to the book the more successful the movie will be.

  2. Samantha says:

    August 28th, 2010 at 6:59 am

    Well I just hope PJ directs The Hobbit and that the film(s) is made before McKellen or someone else dies.

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