The Desolation of Smaug — the Sneak Peek

It’s trailer! It’s a sneak peek! It’s a sneak-peek trailer! But definitely is not a trailer for a trailer! This long trailer may help whet your appetite for the second chapter in the four-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Hobbit, dubbed The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

There’s less Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and a bit more Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) than in the last clip, so I guess it balances out the newbies. I think the quick-cutting in this clip was overdone; I feel like I barely glimpsed anything over the course of the three minutes because it all went by so quickly.

What do you think? Are you excited for this movie, or do you think squeezing four films out of one (epic) novel is a bit too much?

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens Dec. 13, which is actually much closer than you think! We’re already into November…

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The Hobbit Movies — Too Much of a Good Thing?

And you thought a battle of five armies was crazy!

The news that no one in fandom wanted to hear has been confirmed: Peter Jackson’s two-film adaptation of The Hobbit has now grown another appendage and will be spread over the course of three movies. Yes, it’s a Hobbit triple-play.

It was surprising enough when the 310-page novel was split into The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again, but now, with three movies (no, there was no name announced), Jackson plans to incorporate much of the reams of extra material J.R.R. Tolkien included in various appendices alluding to action that didn’t take place in the novel.

I’ll quote Jackson’s release at length after the jump…
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At the Mountains of Madness: Driving me crazy!

Among the worst bits of news I’ve heard in the last couple of weeks was this little nugget: Universal Pictures has pulled the plug on Guillermo Del Toro’s adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness. This after it was announced earlier on Monday that ATMOM would begin shooting in June with Tom Cruise starring! What in the name of the Elder Gods is going on here?

Word is the studio balked at the $150 million price tag and planned hard-R rating. Seriously? $150 million is not a lot to ask in this day and age. And R-rated movies can make money; they just have to be good (See Terminator 2: Judgment Day, 300 – heck, even The Hangover!). But no worries there: Del Toro don’t make no junk! We’re talking about a director who knows his way away around fantasy projects; most people probably know him for Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army, but Del Toro is the auteur behind the 2006 instant-classic Mexican horror film Pan’s Labyrinth, and the truly creepy The Devil’s Backbone (2001) – making him the perfect director for this material. In order to be true to Lovecraft’s original story, the movie would have to be heavy on atmosphere, as opposed to having “frights” pop out at you every few minutes. The director needs to be able to create and sustain an atmosphere of foreboding that builds and builds and builds over the course of the film. Del Toro could pull this off without breaking a sweat.
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