• The Hobbit

Recent news has been announced that The Hobbit, the prequel to the LOTR trilogy, will be developed into two films.  Despite Guillermo del Toro initially taking on the role as director, he has since pulled out.  Instead, Peter Jackson, who directed the LOTR films, has taken on The Hobbit, which he will produce, co-write and direct.  Actors Ian McKellen, Hugo Weaving (Elrond) and Andy Serkis (Gollum) who were apart of the LOTR films have signed on to act in The Hobbit movies.

The Hobbit has been divided into two films; the two movies will be filmed back-to-back with filming beginning in February 2011.

  • The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring-2001

Despite The Fellowship of The Ring being released in 2001, pre-production started in 1997 when Peter Jackson started working with Christian Rivers on the storyboards.  Over the next four years production would commence, including the creation of 19,000 costumes, and filming the entire trilogy in New Zealand.

The film opened to positive responses from both critics and fans alike, with the latter believing this film to be the truest of all of them to the novel.

It made over $870 million at the box office, making it the 19th highest-grossing film of all time.

It was nominated for thirteen Academy Awards for which it won four; Best Cinematography, Best Effects (Visual Effects), Best Makeup and Best Music (Original Score).

It also won five BAFTA awards, Empire magazine’s Best Film award and the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation.

  • The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers-2002

While it wasn’t considered as true to the novel as The Fellowship of The Ring, and didn’t win as many Academy Awards, The Two Towers was a greater box office success, earning over $900 million, making it the 12th highest-grossing film of all time.

As with Fellowship of The Ring and The Return of The King, The Two Towers was produced, written and directed by Peter Jackson and also produced by Barrie M. Osbourne and Fran Walsh.

The Two Towers was nominated for seven Academy Awards, winning two; Best Visual Effects and Best Editing.

  • The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King-2003

Released on 17th December 2003, The Return of The King is the concluding film for the LOTR trilogy.  It received fantastic reviews and made $1.1 billion at the box office, at the time only the second film to do so, after Titanic.

For the first time in Academy Award history, The Return of the King won all of its eleven nominations; Best Picture, Directing, Adapted Screenplay, Original Score, Song, Visual Effects, Art Direction, Costume Design, Makeup, Sound Mixing and Film Editing.

Most importantly though is that The Return of The King won Best Picture, the only fantasy film to do so.

The Return of The King, as well as The Fellowship of The Ring and The Two Towers, included well-known actors including Ian McKellen, Christopher Lee, Elijah Wood, Liv Tyler, Hugo Weaving, Viggo Mortensen and Cate Blanchett.

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