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How did Peter Jackson get a project as big as LOTR?

OhioDude72
The Shire

May 9, 12:34pm

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He was relatively unknown at the time, with his only real Hollywood feature film being The Frighteners. What did he do to impress studios enough to hand him the reins of such an enormous production? It seems they took a gamble and it payed off tremendously, but how could they possibly have known how good of a job he was going to do, and for that matter how did he do such a good job with such little mainstream experience?


Lindele
Gondor

May 9, 6:28pm

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This is covered pretty extensively [In reply to] Can't Post

in the LOTR Extended documentaries, The Appendices, and it seems in the new book 'Anything You Can Imagine' by Ian Nathan.

PJ had won an Oscar for Heavenly Creatures, so he was known in Hollywood before The Frightners. And of course he had connections; Harvey Weinstein, and Mark Ordesky who was a New Line executive. It is said that the video presentation that was put together and played for the New Line executives was very extensive and well done, I'm sure that helped.


OhioDude72
The Shire

May 9, 7:24pm

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in the LOTR Extended documentaries, The Appendices, and it seems in the new book 'Anything You Can Imagine' by Ian Nathan.

PJ had won an Oscar for Heavenly Creatures, so he was known in Hollywood before The Frightners. And of course he had connections; Harvey Weinstein, and Mark Ordesky who was a New Line executive. It is said that the video presentation that was put together and played for the New Line executives was very extensive and well done, I'm sure that helped.


Interesting, yeah that makes sense. I knew about Heavenly Creatures but I wasn't sure how much Hollywood clout that earned him, just that it was highly acclaimed in NZ. I would love to see the rough draft of LOTR that they demoed for the studio.


skyofcoffeebeans
Bree

May 9, 8:53pm

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You've seen much of it already [In reply to] Can't Post

It was essentially an abbreviated form of the pre-production phase of the appendices, of all the work they'd put into the Miramax project up until that point. Ian Nathan's book puts it at thirty five minutes long.


OhioDude72
The Shire

May 9, 10:12pm

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It was essentially an abbreviated form of the pre-production phase of the appendices, of all the work they'd put into the Miramax project up until that point. Ian Nathan's book puts it at thirty five minutes long.


The opening prologue?


skyofcoffeebeans
Bree

May 10, 11:42am

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Nope [In reply to] Can't Post

The behind the scenes material on the extended edition sets.


OhioDude72
The Shire

May 10, 1:11pm

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Ah [In reply to] Can't Post

I was thinking it was the opening history of the ring.


skyofcoffeebeans
Bree

May 10, 1:21pm

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It's possible that they had storyboards with narration and temp music as well.


OhioDude72
The Shire

May 10, 1:59pm

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It's possible that they had storyboards with narration and temp music as well.


Has Jackson ever spoken of a passion for Tolkien or a reason for his motivation to make the LOTR films? Was it to prove himself and get the ability to make his dream project King Kong?


skyofcoffeebeans
Bree

May 10, 2:22pm

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It was Fran [In reply to] Can't Post

Jackson was looking to make original fantasy films, and with every idea Fran kept saying “That’s just Lord of the Rings.” He’d read the book once back in the late seventies after the bakshi film came out, but didn’t seem most passionate about the material until he devoted himself to the idea of making it. That’s when the mantra became “if you’re making LOTR, make LOTR,” as opposed to the Beatles’ and Boorman’s concepts.

You should check out Nathan’s book if you can order it; there’s great stuff in there.


Silmaril
Rohan


May 14, 7:06am

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I recommend you the new book about PJ & LOTR... [In reply to] Can't Post

There's the whole story in every detail:
Anything You Can Imagine
It's amazing!

 
 

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