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LOTR fans, do you think Sirmarillion is filmable?

Asked by mazingerz88 (26062points) February 25th, 2013

Guess I’m one LOTR fan that is not ready for the fun to end after all The Hobbit movies are delivered. Been reading The Sirmarillion lately and not sure whether I’m just being desperate but I’ve began to think that its story would make a great movie.

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Rarebear's avatar

Not coherently.

filmfann's avatar

Doesn’t matter. Give the rights to Peter Jackson, and he will film it the way he sees it, despite the story structure, or sequence of events. Jackson has no problem with reshaping the material.

Imadethisupwithnoforethought's avatar

I have always imagined the Silmarillion as a collection of stories that could be pulled out as part of a series of films. The Tale of Beren and LĂșthien is a single movie. The Tale of Hurin and his children, single movie.

No way to do the entire story. It would be a mess.

glacial's avatar

I think that even if it could be filmed, The Silmarillion should not be. It’s the story you have to really earn, you know?

filmfann's avatar

@Imadethisupwithnoforethought But that would mean Peter Jackson would have to take a single book and split it into a number of different movies. Do you think he could do that?~

Imadethisupwithnoforethought's avatar

@filmfann I just assumed he was practicing with the Hobbit. :)

Seek's avatar

That’s like asking if you can make a movie about the Bible.

The short answer is “no, it’d be a month long”.

The long answer is, as a Tolkien nerd, I’d love to see a filmed series of the history of Middle Earth. There was a lot of drama between Eru Illuvatar and the Valar during the making of the world. Also, it’d be fun to see the rise of Morgoth and Sauron, and the first War of the Ring. And the story of Hurin would be neat. That’s even doable by Hollywood standards, since there’s a love story and suicide involved.

mazingerz88's avatar

^^Right now I have no doubt a few Hollywood producers are, if not already been, playing with the idea of filming certain tales in this mega-epic bible. There is a great amount of money to be made here. And Hollywood, just like Melkor lusting for the Sirmarils, is bound to make a move.

The story of how Melkor brooded cunningly and sown seeds of mistrust amongst the Valar and Noldor, ultimately leading to his successful attack on the Trees with Ungoliant ( what a great and terrible force ) and the taking of the Sirmarils. Just one amongst many.

Seek's avatar

I’m not nearly as optimistic as all that.

I’m still waiting for some movie producer to discover Elric of Melnibone, and that’s a fantasy epic so simple they wouldn’t even have to re-write it for the screen. Seven books, seven movies. Bang, bang, bang.

mazingerz88's avatar

Googling Elric. Bang, bang bang? Sexy. : )

Seek's avatar

Ha ha, no banging.

Elric would make a great movie. An albino, drug-addicted, chaotic-evil anti-hero who possesses and is possessed by a sentient sword with a thirst for souls. Sexy. ^_^

mazingerz88's avatar

Yup. Just wikid Elric. Great! Nasty sword! Would have named it Souldevourer though. : )

Seek's avatar

Stormbringer, and his twin brother Mournblade.

Seriously. The awesome is palpable.

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