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Did The Hobbit Kill ElfQuest Film?

The long-brewing adaptation of ElfQuest is dead at Warner Bros., and one of the creators of the fantasy comic says The Hobbit is apparently to blame.

“After close to four years of suspense — and longer than four years of your much-appreciated interest and support — the word has come down from Warner Bros. And the word is ‘no,’” Wendy Pini wrote on the ElfQuest Facebook page. “Their simple explanation is that they don’t want to compete with The Hobbit. This was a possibility, among several, that we were prepared for. It is a relief, at last, to know.”

The studio bought the rights to the long-running series in July 2008, setting up Rawson Thurber (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) to write, direct and produce the story of a race of elves struggling to survive on a primitive Earth-like planet with two moons.

Created in 1978 by Wendy Pini and her husband Richard Pini, ElfQuest developed a dedicated fanbase that followed the creators and the characters from the 21-issue “Original Quest” to numerous sequels and spinoffs. The Pinis published Elfquest through their WaRP Graphics label for 25 years before licensing all publishing and merchandising rights to DC Comics in 2003. That agreement ended in 2007.

(via Comix 411)


  • David

    Why is this titled as a question? It’s clearly stated in the article that it was exactly responsible

  • Dave Morris

    Seems odd when you think that things like BSG and the movie franchise of Star Trek only exist because of the success of Star Wars, which convinced networks and studios in the late ’70s to put money into SF. So wouldn’t LotR and The Hobbit make ElfQuest more likely? 

  • Victor Lizcano

    It might have to do with the fact that The Hobbit is also a Warner Brothers release, so why would they want to compete with themselves?

  • Demoncat4

    figured warners might not want two  films with similar characters like elves competing with each other. though at least now elf quest is free to be shopped around and maybe some day see the big screen fiinaly

  • Murray Riordan

    Trust me.  Thurber’s script killed the project.  They can say what they want but his adaptation came in at like 200+ pages and was nearly unreadable.  The explanation about the Hobbit sounds fishy to everyone because it’s nonsense. 

  • Big H

    To get people to read the article in order to fine out…

  • Soundstorm

    The Japanese adapt their manga into anime in the blink of an eye but this wonderful sprawling franchise has been begging for production for over 30 years.  What is wrong here?  This thing’s got Harry Potter potential.