August 1998

On August 24th, NEW LINE CINEMA announced plans to work with filmmaker Peter Jackson on bringing J.R.R. Tolkien's LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy to the big screen.

Jackson, the director of such films as HEAVENLY CREATURES and THE FRIGHTENERS, had already been developing a two-film adaptation of the trilogy for MIRAMAX, but began looking for other backing in July. This brought him to NEW LINE CEO Bob Shaye earlier this month, for whom he impressed with a 36-minute demo tape of creature models, set designs, and makeup and costume tests. NEW LINE suggested the project faithfully be expanded to three pictures, and this has led to the production of THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, THE TWO TOWERS, and THE RETURN OF THE KING being the first trilogy to be filmed simultaneously.

Read the press release announcing the production.

Days later, Peter Jackson participated in an intimate online chat with the users of AINT IT COOL NEWS this month, answering 20 questions from the 14,000+ submitted to webmaster Harry Knowles in mere days. Jackson provided an in-depth, early look at the production and instantly won over fans with his knowledge and commitment to the property.

Read that Q&A.

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