We already knew that Peter Jackson stepped in at the 11th hour to take over The Hobbit from Guillermo del Toro, but what we didn’t know is just how hard that transition was to pull off.
When del Toro exited the project due to creative differences, Jackson was the obvious choice to take the reins. Hey, he made the Lord of the Rings trilogy — so he could surely jump in and tell the prequel story, right? Well, yes and no. In a surprisingly candid interview as part of the full trilogy’s Blu-ray release, Jackson opens up about just how hard it was to dive into the massive production with minimal prep time.
It doesn’t entirely show in the finished product (though most fans would agree The Hobbit pales in comparison to the Lord of the Rings trilogy), but Jackson put together a whole lot of the Hobbit movies on the fly. Literally. When you’re shooting an indie film that’s one thing, but a multi-million fantasy epic with a ton of effects and CGI? It’s a whole different beast.
Check out the interview footage, which also talks to other cast and crew members, below, and let us know what you think:
(Via Digital Spy)