Peter Jackson On The Possibility Of A Silmarillion Movie

With The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies capping off The Hobbit trilogy - and finishing out what Jackson thinks of as a six-part set of films, that includes Lord of the Rings - it would seem that his time in Middle-earth is at an end.

However, some fans wonder if there isn't one more work of Tolkien that Jackson could adapt to film. The Silmarillion, something of a history of Middle-earth that precedes both The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, remains unfilmed.

Speaking at a press conference at Comic-Con International: San Diego, Jackson says The Silmarillion is likely to remain unfilmed.

"The Silmarillion’s really simple," Jackson said. "J.R.R. Tolkien sold the film rights to The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings in the 1960s. The Silmarillion wasn’t written yet. It wasn’t even written in his lifetime. It was written by him and, partly, his son finished it after his death and published it after the professor had died. So, the film rights are with them, and the estate doesn’t have any interest in discussing film rights with anybody. So that’s the situation there. They’re not as untangled as The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit."

Being that The Silmarillion's historical tone, it doesn't immediately seem to lend itself to filming anyway. Not to mention that, as Jackson mentions, J.R.R. Tolkien did not complete The Silmarillion himself. Instead, it was finished by his son, Christopher Tolkien, who sometimes had to create new material himself to fill in gaps left by his father. That would make The Silmarillion the first of Tolkien's works that was not entirely created by Tolkien himself to be adapted - though Jackson hasn't been hesitant about adding his own creations to Middle-earth's film mythos.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens December 17. 

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    • Stevie
    • 221 Posts in 24 Months

    Will the check clear? 

     That's the answer.

    Personally i'd rather see them roll onto the Dragonlance franchise and its 30+ books. Gotta see Kitiara, Raistlin, and Sturm. Throw in some legends of Huma stuff and i'd lose it. 

  1. I have read it 3 times and man...if peter jackson for the hobbit did 3 films,that book will need 2 trilogys cuz its so much mytos and history of the elfs and the valar itself and its rich of great chracters from every race everyone who have read it knows to adapt that movie will became the hardest work of peter jackson life if lord of the rings trilogy was i can only imagine that book...but i would love to see that :)

    • Mister_E
    • 372 Posts in 24 Months

    It would make an excellent TV show but even three movie couldn't do this book justice.

  2. Mister_E said ... (original post)

    It would make an excellent TV show but even three movie couldn't do this book justice.

    Now that would be interesting.

    • Maeglin
    • 2 Posts in 22 Months

    The War of the Great Saga

    J.R.R.'s son Christopher Tolkien was clearly an upstanding sort of Oxford professor for bringing his father's apparent main life work into public view out of decades of notes for the early ages of Middle Earth in which The Lord of the Rings took place. The Silmarillion is the published form of the legendarium J.R.R. Tolkien created out of which the LotR story grew. Whatever he thinks to do with the Silmarillion should be his affair

    As for future Tolkiens who may be guardians of his estate, I hope that, the Silmarillion being what I would argue is the fantasy field's most influential work's background material, they will see the opportunity to introduce this kind of more heavy fantasy to the non-literarily oriented fans of the current wave of PJ movie popularity, and take more of J.R.R. Tolkien's imaginary world into ken of the general public. I really don't think Peter Jackson gets enough credit for the effort (and expense) he took to bring Middle Earth to global theaters with more beauty and accuracy of Tolkien imagery than anybody really had a right to expect.

    After all, that really is ironic, the Silmarillion literally filling the role of the Silmarills in the Feanorian guarding by the Estate. Haven't you learned from the Noldor? Please release the aught but demised aesthetic and beauty from the last millenium so that the light therein can rekindle the morals and the faith in wisdom of mankind for the later age. For surely if we do not pass on societal standards and dreams now the light will be forgotten and evil will grow with abandon!

    I imagine a series of about 9 films based on later-published Tolkien material, including The Silmarillion, made in the Jackson format, probably with a few different directors, to be released over a period of about a decade:

    Part 1: Revolt of the Noldor

    A whirlwind tour of the making of Arda, from Music of the Ainur, the tens of thousands of years of work (if translated to years of the Sun) before the fall of the Lamps, to the coming of the 144 "Adamic" elves, to the Chaining of Melkor, all in the first 25 minutes. Then the main story line from creation of the Silmarills till the elves drive Melkor to Thangorodrim starting the Seige of Angband, to the founding of Gondolin, ending with a cut to Morgoth corrupting men at the old Ormal site.

    Part 2: The Siege of Angband

    The founding of Gondolin, introduction of Maeglin and Glaurung, breaking of the Siege

    Part 3: Beren and Luthien

    Self-explanatory.

    Part 4: Nirnaeth Arnodiad

    Hurin, early Turin

    Part 5: Turin Turambar

    Self-explanatory

    Part 6: The Fall of Gondolin

    Concluding Hurin, escape from Gondolin, fall of Doriath

    Part 7: The War of Wrath

    Earendil. Ends with Eonwe judging the Belerianders, the awarding of Numinor, and the mis-apprehension of Sauron.

    Part 8: The fall of Numenor

    Starts with the forging of the Rings of Power, ends with the reshaping of Arda and looks in on the establishment of Gondor as chief power.

    Part 9: The Last Alliance

    Self-explanatory. The connection to the beginning of The Lord of the Rings.

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