Peter Jackson Explains The Difference Between THE HOBBIT And THE LORD OF THE RINGS

Jackson reveals that some elements of Guillermo del Toro's style and DNA are retained in the film plus it's also revealed that Smaug will feature heavily in the second film.

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By Mark Julian - 12/29/2011

Source: Total Film via io9

Peter Jackson on how The Hobbit differs from The Lord of the Rings:

JACKSON: "The Hobbit is very much a children's book and The Lord of the Rings is something else; it's not really aimed at children at all. I realized the characters of the dwarves are the difference. Their energy and disdain of anything politically correct brings a new kind of spirit to it. And that's why I thought, OK, this could be fun!"

If you though Joss Whedon had it tough spreading screentime amongst his ensemble cast, Peter Jackson has it even tougher. Here, Jackson briefly comments on that challenge:

JACKSON: "That was something I worried about. I imagined 13 guys with long hair and beards and I thought, 'How are we ever going to know which dwarf is which? It's an ensemble from hell really. I thought nine members of the Fellowship was a problem; but here, with Bilbo and Gandalf, we've got 15. It's working out fine though. The dwarves give it a kind of childish, comedic quality that gives us a very different tone from The Lord of the Rings."



Jackson wants audiences to know that despite some differences, he's striving to keep the same feel from the LOTR trilogy:

JACKSON: "I want it to seem like we've gone back on location into Middle-earth; that these two movies feel like they belong at the beginning of the other three. We're the same filmmakers going into the same world."

Talking about original director Guillermo del Toro, Total Film reports that Jackson stated that the "films do retain some aspects del Toro's style and DNA, but that they have largely been overshadowed by Jackson's own attempts to replicate his approach to The Lord of the Rings ten years ago."

Jackson's wife and writing partner Fran Walsh reportedly stated that the second movie will be primarily focused with "war, madness and dragon rage." She explains:

FRAN WALSH: "We always saw The Hobbit more in the golden light of a fairytale. It's more playful. But by the time you get to the end, Tolkien is writing himself into that place where he can begin that epic journey of writing LOTR, which took, as he put it, his life's blood. All those heavier, darker themes which are so prevalent in the later trilogy start to come into play."





Running Time: Unknown
Release Date: December 14, 2012
MPAA Rating: Unknown
Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Elijah Wood, Cate Blanchett, Richard Armitage, Hugo Weaving and Orlando Bloom
Directed by: Peter Jackson.
Written by: J.R.R. Tolkien (novel), Fran Walsh (screenplay), Philippa Boyens (screenplay), Peter Jackson (screenplay), Guillermo del Toro (screenplay)



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MarkJulian - 12/29/2011, 7:02 AM
She didn't say Smaug wasn't in the film just hinted that he will be heavily featured in the second film.
Necrophobos - 12/29/2011, 7:05 AM
I think it will be a long time until anyone else will dethrone PJ as the King of Fantasy. These two movies will be every bit as good as the Trilogy if not better, if that's even possible.
FrankieDedo - 12/29/2011, 7:11 AM
grif, man, did you ever read the book? no way that smaug could be in the first movie...THAT would be a stretch of the source material..so stop complaining :)
marvel72 - 12/29/2011, 7:18 AM
excellent,can't f*ckin wait.
INSTANTJUSTICE - 12/29/2011, 7:22 AM
Smaug isn't in the first film, that's why they are not even teasing him in the trailer. If you can't deliver him in the first film, you can't even hint at it until the trailers for the second film.
blvdnoise - 12/29/2011, 7:27 AM
This should be fun..
Kayo - 12/29/2011, 7:28 AM
Winning, but do we get to see The Necromancer on the first part of this movie?
HellsHammer - 12/29/2011, 7:29 AM
Honestly I never wanted Deltoro to direct it, I always wanted Jackson.
INSTANTJUSTICE - 12/29/2011, 7:29 AM
I'd say we get to experience 'Sauron' in some form all right.
MovieMann - 12/29/2011, 7:36 AM
I love it when the time comes that the people involved in next years movies start talking about the process.
Kaedus - 12/29/2011, 7:38 AM
One year, one god damn year... The wait will be excruciating.
redleaf - 12/29/2011, 7:51 AM
I agree with Jackson. I read the book and the movie doesn't really excite me at all.

LOTR was a huge step up from The Hobbit as a story, so this movie is like taking a step back.
Ranger14 - 12/29/2011, 7:55 AM
Definitely the film I am looking most forward to! Love that banner!
INSTANTJUSTICE - 12/29/2011, 7:57 AM
It al depends on how the film is played and going for LOTR epicness is not the way. It needs to be lighter and more about the adventure.
IDKwhatToChoose - 12/29/2011, 8:16 AM
The Grif imposter is not even funny. Someone should just ban him/her. Believe it or not Grif's cynical, pessimistic view of every movie, article, comic book, is actually good for us all. I laugh all the time watching his posts. And then god forbid he actually likes something NO ONE knows what to do lol. About the movie..Trailer looks amazing I can't wait for the movie. The Hobbit already has the look and feel of LOTR.
Fogs - 12/29/2011, 8:40 AM
If anyone says PJ is anything but "the man", than this person is an idiot.
INSTANTJUSTICE - 12/29/2011, 8:45 AM
PJ's not a man, he's a Hobbit.
WyattLayne - 12/29/2011, 8:58 AM
So in other words, all the things about Lord of the Rings that made it an "epic" are going to be in the second movie, and this first one is going to be a children's comedy? I don't know, I'm just not really exited for this movie. Maybe I will be in a year.
HelaGood - 12/29/2011, 9:31 AM
the first film should end when they get to the Lonely Mountain. but we should catch glimpses of Smaug in the flashbacks when Thorin tells Bilbo all about the gold and stuff...
Pusher - 12/29/2011, 9:45 AM
Smaug could be in the first one by of flashbacks when the dwarves speak of how they lost their home.
We will probably see glimpes of him but the money shots wont be till film 2.

Dont care for the comedy. I dont remember farting dwarves in the books.

Hope he doesnt frick this up.

He was very clear he did not want to do this movie because of the dwarves and alos said he would do it to protect the studios investment.

Yeah he really gives a shit about the source material.
INSTANTJUSTICE - 12/29/2011, 9:56 AM
The Smaug 'glimpses' will be most likely sheets of flame, shadows and the beat of wings.


["Yeah he really gives a shit about the source material. "-Pusher - 12/29/2011, 9:45 AM]


Maybe you'd rather Brett Ratner or Michael Bay do it?
darknlight - 12/29/2011, 10:02 AM
my 2nd most anticipated movie right after tdkr,man waited so long for this movie, i'm happy that del toro didn't direct it,del toro's great but Pj is the greatest there is and i can imagine no other director even coming close to making a better movie about hobbit than Pj
CapnSquintyEyes - 12/29/2011, 10:13 AM
@yossarian - They hired ~14 actual midgets, one for each dwarf and Bilbo as body doubles for wider shots with Sir Ian to sell perspective.

There's also a giant Gandalf double for vice versa.
INSTANTJUSTICE - 12/29/2011, 10:25 AM
Midgets are not Dwarves.
GrayFox1025 - 12/29/2011, 10:47 AM
The way I see this playing out is that the first movie will be the more light hearted tale that fits the tone from the Hobbit book. Towards the end of the first movie, the tone will shift and take on the same tone as LOTR for the second movie.

The Hobbit, while technically children's book, still has darker parts in it, especially towards the end. Personally, I can't wait to see the Battle of Five Armies at the end
headlopper - 12/29/2011, 10:47 AM
I need me some Smaug- I kid you not.

Although Gollum's cave should be epic too.

It's comforting to know he's keeping to tone of LOTR in the Hobbit.
headlopper - 12/29/2011, 10:48 AM
@INSTANTJUSTICE- ...and dwarves are not midgets.
ScionStorm - 12/29/2011, 11:12 AM
Couldn't Smaug be in flashbacks of when he invaded, destroyed the town and drove the dwarves from the mountain?

He can be featured in the first film, just not predominantly and not within current events. Unless it's like, "meanwhile, simultaneously, Smaug is..." kind of thing.
INSTANTJUSTICE - 12/29/2011, 11:43 AM
[The way I see this playing out is that the first movie will be the more light hearted tale that fits the tone from the Hobbit book. Towards the end of the first movie, the tone will shift and take on the same tone as LOTR for the second movie.GrayFox1025 - 12/29/2011, 10:47 AM]



Jackson has all ready stated that's how it will play.
comicb00kguy - 12/29/2011, 12:00 PM
I expect to see Smaug in the first film, at least in flashbacks to tell the story of the Lonely Mountain and the Dwarves. No Smaug equals a gigantic ripoff of the audience and excessive padding of the story.
Facade - 12/29/2011, 3:27 PM
I imagine it will be necessary to give a little Smaug tease with the Dwarves back story before they set off on their adventure.
LordHuck - 12/29/2011, 4:27 PM

@INSTANTJUSTICE

You don’t want real life dwarves as body doubles for Middle Earth dwarves. They don’t resemble each other at all. Midgets are the way to go
kman - 12/29/2011, 5:49 PM
And in only one sentence, "The dwarves give it a kind of childish, comedic quality that gives us a very different tone from The Lord of the Rings." Peter confirms the possibility of this being a complete failure and all my nightmares come true.

This brings back a certain other memory, when one, George Lucas, mentioned how a certain race of creatures, known as Gungans, will really bring a kind of childish, comedic quality that will bring a different tone to the prequels.

That didn't go over very well, now did it?

We all know that Peter Jackson is a master and George Lucas is a hack....but could Peter Jackson be making the exact same mistake?

This entire article has bad news written all over it.
kman - 12/29/2011, 6:02 PM
Peter, all I have to say is that I would have MUCH rather you made all the dwarves almost identical and virtually indistinguishable, as opposed to you worrying about the audience's inability to separate the difference and making them a group of goofballs that act like a bunch of clowns the entire time and have virtually no continuity with the dwarven race from The Lord of the Rings.

THAT is one of the biggest rules in filmmaking that NOBODY should EVER break. Never adjust the story to meet the (idiotic) audience's needs......let the audience adjust to the stories needs. If they dont understand it then F*CK EM, they probably shouldn't be there to begin with.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this doesn't go the direction I think it's going. I really want.....no, I NEED for this film to be good!!!!
EagleEye21 - 12/29/2011, 7:56 PM
Well considerin' how much Care Peter Jackson put into LOTR, I have complete and utter trust that he will give us the same if not greater experience with the Hobbit
Godzillafart - 12/29/2011, 10:49 PM
The Hobbit is one of my favorite books, and, IMO, much better than LOTR. I am reserving judgement, and I have to say what Jackson says here gives me more hope than I have had.
Godzillafart - 12/29/2011, 10:51 PM
Jackson's LOTR is like a masterpiece highway with a lot of pot holes...although I think his movie making got better with each. I hope these next two are great.
MatioShack - 12/30/2011, 1:30 PM
They'll probably end this first movie after the Spiders. That seems like a climactic point in the story to be able to use as a finale in the last act of the first film. Looks like they'll at least make it through the Misty Mountains because we see Gollum in the trailer.
PeterParker1991 - 12/16/2012, 6:51 PM
Can't wait to see this movie. Probably mostly psyched to see Gollum again. He looks more real than any other CGI character I've seen.

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