Deadline chats up Peter Jackson, who’s mulling what to do with all his extra Hobbit footage and also dreaming of all the Middle Earth material in the appendices — over a hundred pages of chronologies, genealogies, and linguistic notes. Deadline thinks an extra movie is a bad idea if it just stretches out Gandalf snooping around Dol Guldur and the daily doings of Dale, but we say…there’s certainly a lot of material there. Let Peter Jackson make his Tolkien fan fic films! While using existing Hobbit footage wouldn’t be appropriate, you could make a whole movie out of the tale of Aragorn and Arwen. Or how about a movie about Balin and crew going to Moria and getting blasted by the Balrog. Think of it as the unseen backstory to Prometheus.
Heck, how about a Game of Thrones style HBO miniseries based on the Silmarillion. It’s got violence, maiming, miscegenation and incest—perfect material. I jest, I jest…film rights to The Silmarillion haven’t been parceled out and the Tolkien family has generally turned a cold shoulder to the popular movie trilogy.
In the meantime, for the huddled wretches who couldn’t get into Hall H, there’s the above Hobbit process featurette with footage from Comic-Con. Aside from reminding us that December can’t come soon enough, our takeaway: Richard Armitage (Thorin) is quite tall for a dwarf.