Hob­bit helpers who cre­ated Mid­dle-earth

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THe Hob­bit parts I, II and – pre­sum­ably – III, are filled with fa­mil­iar char­ac­ters, and some who never ap­peared in the novel. They are played by per­form­ers both ob­scure and well­known. But there’s another cast of char­ac­ters who are re­ally run­ning things down in The Shire. They do not, as far as we know, have hairy feet.

Peter Jack­son

(pic): A hero to his na­tive New Zealand for bring­ing in so much film­mak­ing, and so many Os­cars, the di­rec­tor likes to do things to ex­cess – such as mak­ing a three-part cin­e­matic land­mark out of a three-part literary epic ( The Lord Of The Rings) or squeez­ing three 2-hour, 40-minute fea­tures out of a tiny Tolkien novel. But he is also one of the more am­bi­tious film­mak­ers on the planet, and one with a bit of a twist. Ever see Meet the Fee­bles? “Amused and nau­se­ated” was how it left one critic.

Guillermo del Toro:

The great crea­ture-cre­ator of con­tem­po­rary cin­ema, del Toro was sup­posed to di­rect The Hob­bit, but his take on the fan­tas­ti­cal – that it should erupt out of re­al­ity – ap­par­ently clashed with Jack­son’s whole­sale dream­scape ap­proach to the nov­els of J.R.R. Tolkien. Del Toro is, how­ever, credited as a co-screen­writer on all three Hob­bits and is cur­rently at work on The In­cred­i­ble Hulk TV se­ries.

Fran Walsh:

The pub­lic­ity-shy writer­pro­ducer has been script­ing Jack­son’s movies since the be­gin­ning, in­clud­ing the screen­play for his break­out Heavenly Crea­tures (for which she and Jack­son got an Os­car nom­i­na­tion). Mar­ried to Jack­son since 1987 and mother of his two chil­dren, Walsh also co­pro­duced with her hus­band the doc­u­men­tary West Of Mem­phis, about the wrongly ac­cused Mem­phis Three, and helped fi­nance their de­fence.

Philippa Boyens:

Another New Zealan­der, Boyens had re­port­edly read The Lord Of The Rings seven times when she came aboard to co-write the film ver­sions. She co-wrote and co­pro­duced the Hob­bit films, the ac­claimed Dis­trict 9 and Jack­son’s ver­sion of King Kong. She also helped write and pro­duce Jack­son’s adap­ta­tion of The Lovely Bones. – Newsday/ McClatchy-Tri­bune In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices

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