… let’s just hope everyone has the sense to send them off to a nice, comfy retirement… in other words, let’s hope Hollywood has the sense not to do with the movie what was done with the books!
I know that may sound like blasphemy to some, but the incredible and fabulous success of the books also spawned loads and loads of trash literature, fantasy novels simply retreading the paces of Tolkien, but less brilliantly, with less honesty and beauty and intelligence… to the point where, if you wanna publish fantasy and it’s not at least a trilogy, I’ve heard, some major publishers won’t even take a proposal.
We do not need the cinematic equivalents of David Eddings and
C.J. Cherryh Robert bloody Jordan getting out there and flooding available screens. I loved the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, and the books. But the flood of imitators that followed and turned “fantasy” from a noun into a sloppily-written and stereotype-ridden genre made a bloody mess of things, and if they do the same in film, I’ll be not just sad but slightly embarrassed to see it.
Fortunately, I don’t think that can happen, but… you never know.