Peter Jackson Reveals He Felt He Was “Not On Top Of” The Hobbit Trilogy


Peter Jackson’s second Tolkien film trilogy, The Hobbit,  was certainly treated to much harsher criticism than the original Lord of the Rings trilogy! Fans weren’t overly thrilled with many of the aspects of the films.  The special effects were amazing, sure, and the cast was all talented, but there was just something missing, right?!

Well, in a DVD extra from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Jackson revealed his own feelings on the production; and the challenges he faced after being called in at the last minute when Guillermo Del Toro dropped out of the project.

“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,” Jackson said.

Pre-production of any movie is a vital stage – especially on something as large scale as this! He would have liked a little more time, but scheduling was tight with Jackson also directing The Adventures of TinTin around the same time.

“…As a result of it being impossible, I just started shooting the movie with most of it not prepped at all,” explained Jackson.

Sounds like a pretty tough job! “If I was a director that hadn’t had that 25 years of experience doing this in the past, it would have just been almost impossible,” Jackson said.

“We would just tell the crew to take an extended lunch for an hour or so because I wanted to just get my head completely clear and plot it through. I spent so much of The Hobbit feeling like I was not on top of it.”

It’s pretty awkward to hear that the director did not know what was happening during the entire production of his movie. Does this feel like a direct response to criticism of the movies? Do you feel sympathy for Jackson, or think he’s just making excuses?

Let us know in the comments below!

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