As we watched Sir Peter Jackson's three part "adaption" of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit with increasing reluctance, those of us who read and love The Hobbit wondered just what in the world he was doing so dear to many. Jackson's trilogy, in fact, was so bad and so far below the standards of his earlier adaption of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings that we wondered if he had really read The Hobbit.
Now, in a behind-the-scenes feature accompanying the release of the extended edition of The Battle of the Five Armies - with which I thought he succeeded in doing what was beyond the realm of possibilities and made a movie worse than The Desolation of Smaug - Jackson has admitted what some of us guessed along: he didn't know what he was dong. As The Guardian reports:
The chaotic state of affairs on set in New Zealand helps explain why The Battle of Five Armies was pushed back by five months in 2013, from a July 2014 release date to its final December 2014 slot. Jackson explains he “winged it” right up until the film’s climactic battle but was eventually forced to concede that production would have to be called to a halt while he worked out how to shoot it.“We had allowed two months of shooting for that in 2012, and at some point when we were approaching that I went to our producers and the studio and said: ‘Because I don’t know what the hell I’m doing now, because I haven’t got storyboards and prep, why don’t we just finish earlier’[more]?
There are several parts of The Silmarillion and stories from The Book of Lost Tales I would love to see adapted into a movie. If it ever happens, I only hope Jackson has no part in it.