I’ve always been a big fan of J. R. R. Tolkien’s books, but I’ve always felt a little ambivalent about Peter Jackson’s film adaptations of Tolkien’s work. (You can read about my fondness for Tolkien’s The Hobbit here and my mixed review of Jackson’s movie here.) Friends and family have told me that I’ve been too hard on the films and that I need to stop being so picky.
Today, however, I am vindicated. Christopher Tolkien recently broke his silence, granting an interview to the French newspaper Le Monde about his experiences as the literary executor of his father’s estate. Most readers will find his thoughts about Peter Jackson’s films interesting.
Invited to meet Peter Jackson, the Tolkien family preferred not to. Why? “They eviscerated the book by making it an action movie for young people aged 15 to 25,” Christopher says regretfully. “And it seems that The Hobbit will be the same kind of film.”
Besides being disappointed in the movies’ execution, Tolkien tells about how the studio tried to deny his family any royalty income from the films. Amazing.
You can read the entire article here. Every Tolkien fan will be interested in hearing Christopher’s story.
Do you agree with Christopher Tolkien? Did Jackson eviscerate the books? Leave your opinion in the comments.