We spoke exclusively to both Del Toro and Jackson for our birthday issue, and they told us the latest, which is…
“We’ve decided to have The Hobbit span the two movies, including the White Council and the comings and goings of Gandalf to Dol Guldur,” says Del Toro.
“We decided it would be a mistake to try to cram everything into one movie,” adds Jackson. “The essential brief was to do The Hobbit, and it allows us to make The Hobbit in a little more style, if you like, of the [LOTR] trilogy.”
So there you go. The second film will not, as had previously been suggested, a film that will bridge the 60-year gap between The Hobbit and the start of Fellowship Of The Ring.
The one thing that will make me completely flip is if they bring back Ian McKellan as Gandalf (a cameo of Orlando Bloom as the ageless Legolas in the battle of five armies would be cool too).
Jill and I went on a date tonight and saw Lady In The Water for the second time. I know a lot of people didn’t like this movie, but I just love it.
Without giving spoilers, there is one scene that is both wonderful and difficult to watch. In it one of the characters, big-hearted yet agonized, remembers his dead children:
“I miss your faces. They remind me of God.”
It is a moment of redemption, of public remembrance for one who has only been able to write down his agony in a private notebook before. And it is a moment of healing, not just for him, but for the one he is embracing.
I don’t know. I’m not trying to over-spiritualize this, because it is, after all, only a movie. But there is an elusive principle demonstrated. Even our regrets, and our deep sorrows, and our hurts can be a part of the healing of another.
There’s nothing that God can’t redeem.
“And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends.”