Yes, not only has one film been made of The Lord of the Rings, three films are being made. For the last three years Peter Jackson, Three Foot Six, Weta Digital and New Line Cinema have been working together to produce a film of The Lord of the Rings, called Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring after the first volume of Tolkien's book. Filming has been taking place at a variety of locations in New Zealand and principal photography was completed in December 2000. An internet preview in April 2000 set a new record as 1.7 million downloads were made in the first 24 hours, the previous record of 1 million being set by Star Wars: Episode 1.
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Peter Jackson's film Lord of the Rings has been filmed in New Zealand, to a screenplay and script put together by Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Stephen Sinclair. The producer is Barrie M. Osborne (The Matrix, Face Off) and the score is being written by Howard Shore (The Cell, High Fidelity). While all the filming was put into one long schedule there will be three separate films when editing, dubbing the soundtrack, scoring and putting in special effects has been completed. The release dates are:
|The Fellowship of the Ring||December 2001|
|The Two Towers||December 2002|
|The Return of the King||December 2003|
A large, experienced and versatile cast has been put together for this film (details below) and hundreds of extras have been used to create the armies that fight at Helm's Deep, the Pelennor and at the Gates of Mordor. Computers will digitally enhance and expand these armies from hundreds to thousands and are being be used to create the ents, Gollum, the walls and towers of Minas Tirith and to ensure that the human eye sees the hobbits at the right size in relation to the other characters. A range of camera tricks and effects are also used, ranging from using shorter or taller doubles for the character actors to blue-screen and CGI work.
The hobbits speak with regional British accents. Language specialists Andrew Jack and Roisin Carty have worked within the production to ensure that the elves speak elvish (which will be subtitled) and that phrases derived from Tolkien's invented languages come to life according to his pronounciation guides.
Alan Lee and John Howe, two artists renowned for their works based on Tolkien's stories, are the conceptual artists for the films.
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