| It seems New Line Cinema?s bold plan to shoot the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy all at once and release one a year for three years was only the SECOND boldest plan the studio contemplated when it came to Peter Jackson?s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein?s classic.
According to New Line?s president of domestic marketing Russell Schwartz, the studio thought about releasing LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, THE TWO TOWERS and RETURN OF THE KING in one year (that would probably be 2003 given post production time of all three films).
?It?s actually one movie in three parts, so it didn?t make any sense to sit on them,? he said to USA TODAY. ?We briefly discussed it (the one-year release option) but when you factor in the video release, you?re on top of yourself.?
Schwartz went on to gently criticize corporate cousin Warner Bros. for releasing both MATRIX sequels next summer and then fall.
?Where is Warners going to put the MATRIX video? In a three month window?? Schwartz asked.
But now we enter the realm of speculation for a moment. While it might not make sense to release all three RINGS film in one year, we all remember the glory that was the STAR WARS: SPECIAL EDITION release in 1997, when fans could watch all three films, with new scenes, on the big screen just three months apart. So the question is, once all three RINGS films are released (RETURN OF THE KING comes out in 2003) how hard would it be for New Line to add the extra scenes already shot to big screen reissues of the trilogy, say, for 2005? Is there a LORD OF THE RINGS: SPECIAL EDITION in our futures?
We?ll look into it.