In 2021 the 20th anniversary of the premiere of ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’, the first installment of the trilogy directed by Peter jackson that swept the box office. However, the path of the project until it became a reality was very complicated and for this a Interested script leak when working with the idea of two movies.
A very elaborate plan
Harvey weinstein He finally appears as the executive producer of the three installments, but the truth is that he was about to be the main producer through Miramax. If it had depended on him, Jackson would have had to compress Tolkien’s mythical novel into a feature film of just two hours, so he imposed harsh restrictions that jeopardized the possibility of dividing the adaptation in two. And it is that Weinstein kept secret for quite some time that the budget for the two films would be just $ 75 million.
It was then that the decision was made to filter the script to Drew McWeeny, editor at that time of the page Ain’t It Cool News to see if they could get rid of Weinstein and get the attention of New Line, which had shown some interest in the project. McWeeny himself recalls what happened in a recent article published in Polygon:
Peter Jackson had already had some contacts with Ain’t It Cool at that time and there were also people within WingNut and WETA contacting us. They believed there was something great going on and were worried that no studio was going to step up, so the decision was made to leak the scripts to Ain’t It Coll in such a way that everyone could later deny it. They didn’t come directly from anyone and no one officially asked us to talk about it so that if they pushed me I could honestly say it wasn’t Peter or Fran Walsh. What was clear is that they gave me access to them so that I could say what I thought about it at the precise moment that New Line was trying to make a decision.
Finally, New Line was encouraged to finance what was a much riskier bet than it seems today, further encouraging Jackson to turn the project into a trilogy and raising the total budget to $ 281 million. Happy ending.