Elijah Wood, the OG Frodo Baggins, just can’t wrap his hobbit-sized head around the new Lord of the Rings movies, saying it’s both “fascinating” and “surprising.”
In a recent chat with GQ, Elijah Wood, aka Mr. Frodo “I’m-Carrying-The-Ring-Of-Power” Baggins, shared his thoughts on the upcoming Lord of the Rings flicks. After all, Wood’s portrayal of the courageous little hobbit in Peter Jackson’s epic trilogy earned him a place in Middle-earth history. So, when Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema announced that they’re giving LOTR a fresh reboot, we couldn’t help but wonder what Elijah had to say.
Turns out, Wood’s reaction is a mix of “Whoa!” and “Wait, what?!” He’s both “surprised” and “fascinated” by the idea of more movies. While he admits that the whole point is probably just to rake in some major moolah, he doesn’t rule out the possibility of turning a profit and creating great art. Check out his full reaction below:
“I’m fascinated and I’m excited. I hope it’s good. I’m surprised—I don’t know why I’m surprised because, of course there would be more movies. Obviously at the core of that, is a desire to make a lot of money. It’s not that a bunch of executives are like, ‘Let’s make really awesome art.’ And, again, not begrudging anybody because, of course, it is commerce. But great art can come from commerce. So those two things are not mutually exclusive.”
Now, when it comes to the new LOTR movies, we’re still in the dark on the deets. All we know is that they’re planning on making “multiple” movies inspired by Tolkien’s work – think The Hobbit meets Lord of the Rings. These newbies won’t be tied to other Middle-earth projects like Amazon Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power or the upcoming anime film The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim.
As for who’ll helm these new adventures, we’re still waiting for news on a writer or director. Will they be as dedicated to Tolkien’s work as Peter Jackson was? Only time will tell. But hey, at least Jackson and his LOTR co-writers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens are being kept “in the loop every step of the way” by Warner Bros. Here’s hoping the new movies will be made with the same passion for Tolkien’s world that Wood and fans are rooting for.