Peter Jackson explains why he chose to make a Lord of the Rings spin-off focused on Gollum

Peter Jackson explains why he chose to make a Lord of the Rings spin-off focused on Gollum
Peter Jackson explains why he chose to make a Lord of the Rings spin-off focused on Gollum

The Lord of the Rings will return to theaters in 2026 with The Hunt for Gollum, a spin-off film focused on Smeagol

Several days ago we learned news that caught quite a few people off guard: Warner Bros. has just given the green light to the development of a spin-off film of The Lord of the Rings focused on Gollum. And although he is a tremendously interesting character, it is true that many did not fully understand this decision.

Well, through an interview in the American media Deadline, the producer of the film and director of the original trilogy Peter Jackson spoke about the decision to choose a film derived from Gollum above any other event or character in Middle Earth.

“The character of Gollum/Sméagol has always fascinated me because Gollum reflects the worst of human nature, while his Sméagol side is, possibly, quite nice. I think it connects with both readers and the film audience, because everyone We have a little bit of both. We want to explore his story and delve into the parts of his journey that we didn’t have time to cover in the previous films. It’s too early to know who will cross his path, but suffice it to say that we will be guided by the professor. Tolkien.”

Jackson has two clear reasons for making this film spin-off: On the one hand, he believes that the character’s duality connects very well with the audience and the fact that he has these dualities between good and evil makes it one of his weaknesses. On the other hand, he believes that he did not delve too deeply into his story in previous installments and wants to give him the prominence that he has always deserved.

Likewise, Jackson has confirmed that, for the most part, they will be based on Tolkien’s works to adapt the character’s story, so unlike other projects in the company Middle Earth (Yes, The Rings of Power, I’m looking at you), this one will closely resemble what is written in Tolkien’s books.

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