In 2004, when the original “Star Wars” trilogy was released on DVD for the first time, fans found a little, nasty surprise at the end of “Return of the Jedi.” During the victory celebration on Endor when Luke finds Yoda, Ben Kenobi, and a fully human Anakin Skywalker watching the party, Sebastian Shaw, the original Anakin, was missing, replaced by the ghostly image of Hayden Christensen. The change was just another step in George Lucas’ quest to continually update the series and upset fans.
But now that Peter Jackson has returned to make his own prequel trilogy, could “Lord of the Rings” face the same fate as “Star Wars”? One scene from “The Fellowship of the Ring” in particular, when Bilbo finds the One Ring, is now redundant, thanks to the “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” Would Jackson choose to re-edit “Fellowship” to include the newer version?
MTV News’ Josh Horowitz sat down with Jackson to discuss “The Hobbit” at length, including whether scenes from the new film would ever make their way into “The Lord of the Rings.” Though Jackson initially said he didn’t know what he would do, he seemed to hint at wanting to keep Ian Holm’s role as a younger Bilbo intact.
“That’s a bit of a dilemma, because Ian Holm is so integrating in with ‘The Fellowship of the Ring,’” Jackson said. “Obviously, he is as the older Bilbo, but you’re talking about the flashbacks when he’s the younger Bilbo finding the ring during the prologue in ‘Fellowship.’ That would require a whole new edition of ‘Fellowship’ to be done, which certainly isn’t on the table at the moment.”
Though there’s now a rather noticeable inconsistency between the two trilogies, Jackson said that if the decision ever comes, it will be a tricky one. “I guess that’s a decision I’ll have to make when I get to that point in time if that ever happens. It’s a tricky one,” he said. “I don’t know. I think for sentimental reasons it would be hard to replace Ian.”
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