I'm surprised there are people here willing to discuss the Silmarillion.
I think whoever attempts it in the future will have to pick and choose out of the short stories (which do NOT focus on deities) to make any sort of impact on the general audience. The creation aspects are at the deep end even for fantasy readers. For example, I shudder thinking of putting an actor's face on someone like Tulkas.
Originally Posted by Radio_head
I still think they would butcher it... the Silmarillion has very little dialogue, to really connect with characters there would be a lot of things that would be up to writers, and I don't trust them.
True and when dialogues take place it's done using formal English, reflecting the serious nature of these stories. Apparently going the Tolkien route* is still seen as a big [financial] risk even after all these years. 'Tis a sad situation...
Still, there are definitely characters and sights I'd love to see with proper treatment. For me these notables are Fëanor, Two Trees of Valinor, Húrin and Ar-Pharazôn. In fact, considering his rebellious stunt and everything else that transpired, the last character might prove to be a solid entry point for the public into the Silmarillion as a whole.
*In recent context, I'd describe Fellowship of The Ring to closest resemble Tolkien out of the five P.J. films (which worked out well). I happened to see an active poll done here sharing my opinion (>84% of 23559 votes; http://lotr.wikia.com/wiki/Polls) and don't tell me they haven't got enough filler content (e.g. Sons of Elrond who weren't feature at LoTR). Films gone out of alignment right now.
Edited by Akabeth - 12/25/13 at 4:47pm