Wow! I am blown away by the reaction to New Line's
announcement! I have read every message posted on Harry's site so far. I was a little
nervous about the job ahead of me ... now I know the feeling of true terror!
How am I going to make The Lord of the Rings? I love these
books as much as most of you do. I am going to make 3 very personal movies. This will be
"The Lord of the Rings" that I would dream of seeing at the movies. At least I'm
going to try and get as close to that as I can. I can't make your version, or anybody
elses. Trying to second guess what millions of fans have in their heads would be fatal.
I know this sounds glib and defensive ... the books are
masterpieces and always will be. There's nothing anybody could do on film that could
destroy the quality or influence of J.R.R.Tolkien's writing. In future decades, in a world
of holograms and virtual entertainment, our movies will be old relics ... and the books
will still be a great read.
I guess if I was making the movies for anyone else, it
would be Professor Tolkien himself. I will never know what he would think of the films we
are about to make, but by being faithful to his themes, his characters and the things he
clearly cared about, I can at least feel I'm honouring his wonderful imagination in the
best way I know how.
I do not intend to make a fantasy film, or a fairy tale. I
will be telling a true story - just as I feel when reading the books.
Most of you care greatly about these books, and I know how
frustrating it must be to feel that movies are being made so far away, and with so long to
wait. That's why I suggested to Harry that he gather together 20 of the most common
questions and give me a chance to answer them. I don't want you folk to feel that you are
ignored or left out during this process. If this works out, it's something we could do on
a semi-regular basis over the next 3 years.
There's no rules, but be aware that there are things about
the films that I don't want to give away at this early stage. So you will have to forgive
me if I'm coy about some topics. One tip: Don't waste too many questions asking about
casting. We haven't begun that process yet, and nobody has been approached, or even
discussed. We haven't had a single casting conversation with New Line. Save those
questions until later.
As soon as Harry sticks the questions up, I'll have a go at
Thank you to all those people who have been supportive.
P.S. The storyboards are of the fellowship in Moria, just
before they discover Balin's tomb. Storyboards by their nature are cartoony. They don't
represent the "look" or design of the film in any way.