Story by: Jack Foley
AS anticipation reaches fever pitch ahead of the final film in
the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Return of the King, thoughts
have already turned to the possibility of bringing more of JR
Tolkiens work to the big screen.
Over 100,000 people lined the streets of the New Zealand capital,
Wellington, on Monday (December 1), for the world premiere of
Peter Jacksons final film, only to hear that the possibility
of The Hobbit being turned into a film was a distinct possibility.
Upon being asked about the possibility, Jackson said he would
be keen to make a film about Bilbo Baggins adventures,
despite not yet having been approached, while Lord of the Rings
executive producer, Mark Ordesky, chief operating officer of film
studio, New Line, told a press conference that there could
be a movie about The Hobbit.
The world première took place in Wellington, as it was
the city where much of the trilogy's production has been based.
It attracted a quarter of the citys population.
Most of the stars of the film attended, including Liv Tyler,
Sir Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom and Elijah Wood, while Jackson,
himself, confessed to feeling incredibly humbled by
the wonderful reception.
The cast took part in a street parade - started by Prime Minister,
Helen Clark - before treading the 470-metre (514-yard) red carpet
outside the city's Embassy Theatre.
The Return of the King will be released around the world between
December 17 and 20 and clocks in at three hours, 11 minutes, with
many predicting that it will be better than the first two films
in the series.
of the Ring and The Two
Towers have taken almost $1.8bn (£1.05bn) between them
at global box offices - and the new film is expected to top that.
Turning to the definite future, however, Jackson said he was
looking forward to becoming a New Zealand film-maker again,
after his next project, a re-make of King Kong, which is expected
to keep him busy for the next couple of years.