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
Read that Q&A.