J.R.R. Tolkien has been back in the news this week, and not only for the just released “The Children of Hurin” novel which his son Christopher Tolkien carefully created out of his dad’s notes and manuscripts.
HarperCollins Director David Brawn insinuates that Hollywood studios are already after the book’s rights – “No one’s saying never to a film (but) the film rights are reserved by the estate. We want to see what reaction it gets and then let it run its course.” he told Reuters.
Meanwhile word on another Tolkien-related project emerged over at Entertainment Weekly on Monday. Talking to the magazine about his upcoming “Spider-Man 3,” director Sam Raimi was asked about his rumoured involvement in the film adaptation of “The Hobbit”.
Since the very public feud and split between “Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson and New Line head honcho Bob Shaye, Raimi’s name became linked as Shaye’s favourite to replace the Kiwi helmer. Raimi hasn’t gone on the record about the issue until now and he said the following:
“Peter Jackson might be the best filmmaker on the planet right now. But, um, I don’t know what’s going to happen next for me right now. First and foremost, those are Peter Jackson and Bob Shaye’s films. If Peter didn’t want to do it, and Bob wanted me to do it — and they were both okay with me picking up the reins — that would be great. I love the book. It’s maybe a more kid-friendly story than the others.”