From: Kimi

There is a chance we won’t have to wait a week longer than the US, depending on just when and where the premier is (probably Wellington).

“Filming for the 360-million dollar budget trilogy finished in December, and the films are tipped to be bigger than “Star Wars”.

Roadshow Film Distributors Special Projects Manager Susan Leigh says there will probably be a New Zealand premier of the first film, “The Fellowship of the Rings”, in early December.

However, she is unsure whether this will be the official premier, or whether others will be held overseas before the New Zealand screening.

Ms Leigh says part two of the trilogy “The Two Towers” will be released around Christmas 2002, and the final film, “The Return of the King”, will be released a year later.”