Lord of the Rings: Pierre Vinent
January 19, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
178 minutes
Wide Release Date
12/19/01
performer
Sean Astin, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Elijah Wood, Sean Bean, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Dominic Monaghan, John Rhys-Davies, Liv Tyler, Hugo Weaving
director
Peter Jackson
distributor
New Line Cinema
author
Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy, Action Adventure
We gave it an A

”One ring to rule them all…” The incantation is enough to start fans of the ”Lord of the Rings” trilogy drooling. At least that’s what New Line Cinema hopes for its ”Fellowship of the Ring,” the first of three movies based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle earth fantasies. The cast — which includes Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, and Elijah Wood as ”Ring” leader Frodo Baggins — spent more than a year in New Zealand filming the pictures back to back.

Those unacquainted with Baggins’ merry crew will soon be: The studio is honing an exhaustive marketing campaign — which began with a lavish Internet site launched in May 1999 — for the $270 million trilogy, set to open during three consecutive Christmas seasons. At the center of all this frenzy: directer Peter Jackson, whose biggest flick to date is 1996’s $16.8 million grossing ”The Frighteners.”

New Line, however, has full confidence in the longtime Tolkien freak. ”This is a life’s work for him,” says Michael Lynne, the studio’s president and COO. ”He really is a horse to be able to do it at all — it’s an incredible undertaking.” Of mythic proportions.

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