Peter Jackson's first steps into Middle-earth with “Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring” was incredible as it followed Frodo and his good friend Samwise Gamgee as they fight their way to Mordor in one of the greatest trilogies of the early 2000s. You can guess that my excitement level was high when they finally announced “The Hobbit” would come to the big screen in its own series, though as many could have guessed it was a terrible venture that overwhelmed its director at the high cost of making a mediocre follow-up to its previously successful trilogy.
In this video you can see a rare breakdown of how the films were riddled with countless issues following the drop of its original director Guillermo del Toro and as Jackson was ushered in to pick up the pieces of over a year of preproduction. Obviously Jackson had a huge part in the success of the original prequel trilogy and as many would have thought it would have been an easy transition. Though as you can see in the behind the scenes he was exhausted and constantly battling creation of props same day as shooting.
I didn't know what the hell I was doing.
— Peter Jackson
Having always been a huge fan of the series it was great to see “Lord of the Rings” come to life and walk me through Middle-earth with stunning detail. So you can imagine my excitement when “The Hobbit” was announced in three new films. As pre-production issues and stalls in director changes halted the movies success from the start it wasn't hard to know ahead of time the film would not grow to its fullest potential leaving me to never even see the last film of the series. Sorry Peter, those latest films were terrible from so many angles but luckily had nothing to do with you.
[via The Verge]