Peter Jackson Admits to “Winging It” During ‘The Hobbit’ Trilogy

By November 19, 2015

To put it simply, a lot of people were let down with Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy. Coming off of one of the greatest trilogies in film history with Lord of the Rings, fans walked into each of the three prequel films hoping for something that would deliver the same magic and exuberance as the previous three. Unfortunately, despite having some incredibly talented people working on it behind-the-scenes, and an even more impressive ensemble in front of the camera, the three films failed to hold up to their predecessors. Much the chagrin of Rings fans everywhere.

It’s easy to point out the flaws in the movies too, but a lot of it comes down to the fact that a majority of the action and story throughout each of the three installments just didn’t feel necessary. Taking the relatively short novel that The Hobbit was and stretching it into three massive, long movies was bound to bring about some slightly chaotic and boring results, no matter what archives or personal notes you pulled from.

Looks like fans weren’t the only ones who felt slightly let down by the trilogy either. In a video that you can see below, Jackson himself admits that he spent a majority of the three movies “winging it” and that even the scripts didn’t feel finished or satisfactory at time. You can check out the video below, as well as Jackson’s full quote:

“When you’re going onto a set, very complicated, and you’re winging it; no storyboards, no pre-viz, you’ve got these massively complicated scenes and you’re just making it up there and then on the spot… if I was a director that hadn’t had that 25 years of experience doing this in the past, it would have been almost impossible …

I spent so much of The Hobbit feeling like I was not on top of it; the fact that I hadn’t much prep and I was making it up as I went along. Even from a script point of view, Philippa and Fran and I hadn’t really got the entire scripts written all the way through to our satisfaction. So that was a very high-pressure situation.”

In all honesty, you could kinda tell that the behind-the-scenes of the three films were chaotic. The effects never looked quite as good as they should, and for three movies that probably cost double or triple what the original three Lord of the Rings did, they didn’t even look a fraction as good. I think what really upset a lot of fans though, was the fact that it didn’t feel like the same amount of work had been put into the new trilogy as it had the first one, and it looks like Jackson feels the same way.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable
  • David Johnson

    Sad when You have to consider the 1977 Made For TV Cartoon the Superior Film!!!

  • Sue_DeNimm

    Yeah there was something missing from Battle of the Five Armies. Mostly a battle – of five armies.