The latest issue of Empire Magazine (124) has a 2 page layout about LOTR.
While some information is wrong (Tim Spall. Sean Connery and Jude Law have NOT been cast) the information is generally accurate and thourough. Read on:
Late last year, Heavenly Creatures director Peter Jackson declared he was finally giving up on his long planned King Kong remake. Instead he would concentrate on a personal project that set the Internet Buzzing – live-action three-part adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s novel The Lord of the Rings. Since the news broke, chat rooms and web sites have been deluged by thousands of posts from sci-fi and fantasy fans speculating as to how the New Zealand helmer would deal with the epic series.
Tolkien’s three novels – FOTR, TTT, ROTK – were published 1954-55 and first made into a single underachieving feature-length cartoon by Fritz The Cat creator Ralph Bakshi in 1978. Since then the classic tomes have long been considered too complex, too grand and too expensive to attempt in live-action form.
There’s also the novels’ huge and fanatical following around the globe – fans who are easily piqued and liable to revolt if they feel the history of Frodo Baggins, Sam, Gandalf and friends aren’t getting the lavish treatment they deserve. Perhaps filming a giant ape climbing up a skyscraper would have been a safer option.
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