When The Hobbit was first announced, Guillermo Del Toro was originally slated to direct the feature film. In fact, he had spent almost two years dedicated to preparing for the role. He even moved his family to New Zealand to make directing easier on him. However, thanks to delays for various reasons, Del Toro eventually left the chair. Thus having Peter Jackson step in and fill the void. It seemed all was fine in the fantasy world, but that was just the case. It was all a fantasy.

You’d think that having Peter Jackson behind the wheel of The Hobbit trilogy, things would have turned out better, but the case is just the opposite. During a featurette on The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies DVD, Jackson gives a very candid interview regarding his experience putting the trilogy together. Admittedly, he had no idea as to what he was doing for the most part.

“Because Guillermo Del Toro had to leave and I jumped in and took over, we didn’t wind the clock back a year and a half and give me a year and a half prep to design the movie, which was different to what he was doing. It was impossible, and as a result of it being impossible I just started shooting the movie with most of it not prepped at all.”

This is like showing up to a final of a class you skipped for most of the year. Del Toro leaving the project really put a damper on things, especially Jackson.

“You’re going on to a set and you’re winging it, you’ve got these massively complicated scenes, no storyboards and you’re making it up there and then on the spot […] I spent most of The Hobbit feeling like I was not on top of it ][…] even from a script point of view Fran [Walsh], Philippa [Boyens] and I hadn’t got the entire scripts written to our satisfaction so that was a very high pressure situation.”

So there you have it. Jackson “winged” a $745 million trilogy. Domestically, the movies barely made par with their production budget. Thankfully the foreign market more than happily made up the difference and more. It’s a shame someone like Jackson didn’t get the prep time he deserved. If he did, you have to wonder how the movies would have turned out. Or better, yet, what would they have looked like if Del Toro had stuck around to complete the trilogy? Sadly, one can only speculate at this point.

Source: Screenrant

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