Kristin Thompson, author of ‘The Frodo Franchise: The Lord of the Rings and Modern Hollywood’, writes: Peter Bart’s book Boffo! has a chapter on The Lord of the Rings where he argues that the trilogy was the biggest gamble in Hollywood’s history. I’ve written a response trying to show that Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne of New Line Cinema weren’t risking nearly as much as Bart claims and that the “gambling” aspect of Peter Jackson’s production has been exaggerated in the press. New Line’s Gamble: Not So Boffo?

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