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The New Lord Of The Rings Movie Will Explore Gollum’s Psychology – SlashFilm

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There’s no denying that even Peter Jackson’s original trilogy only scratched the surface of J.R.R. Tolkien’s books, but is there really that much more to be mined from the source material with regards to Gollum? We attempted to answer that very question in our own breakdown for /Film, but that’s precisely what returning writer Philippa Boyens, co-writer of “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies (along with Fran Walsh, who’ll also help pen the script for the “Gollum” film), hopes to address this time around.

In fact, this particular tale was always at the top of the list for Boyens if she ever came back to this sandbox. As she told Deadline, “Gollum’s story is one of the most compelling to us in terms of a character that we couldn’t go as deeply into as we wanted to before … Gollum’s life span takes place in such an interesting period of Middle-earth. When the question was first asked, this was the first story we thought of.” That’s all well and good, but there’s also the billion-dollar oliphaunt in the room: How will this measure up to the heights of what came before? According to Boyens, this new film simply must stand on its own:

“…what we don’t want this film to be is just the fourth film in the trilogy. This film has to work in its own way. And that’s our job. That’s what we are going to have to be able to do. I know there’s plenty of people out there who will be like, ‘Oh no, why are they doing this? Why are they going back in?’ Well, that’s our job. Our job is going to have to be to prove why we think that it’s a good idea.”

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