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9 Reasons Why The Lord Of The Rings Is The Best Movie Trilogy Ever Made



9 Reasons Why The Lord Of The Rings Is The Best Movie Trilogy Ever Made
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Some of the best movies of our generation come in threes. Think Star Wars, The Matrix, Indiana Jones, The Hunger Games: all hugely successful and spectacularly entertaining films in their own right. But by a clear mile (and then some), The Lord Of The Rings trilogy is the best ever, hands down. Here’s why:

1. Despite being turned down by every major Hollywood studio, all 3 LOTR movies were filmed back-to-back

Given the success we now know LOTR for, it’s hard to imagine Peter Jackson struggling to find anyone interested in it. But he did. In fact, the films were almost never made. After a blip with Miramax and then being turned down by all of the major Hollywood studios, only two smaller studios considered it: PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and New Line Cinema.

New Line ultimately bought the rights and all three movies were filmed back-to-back – a first for any filmmaker.

2. Jackson’s attention to detail – even before filming began – is second-to-none

Director, Peter Jackson, wanted everything to look as realistic and believable as possible. Hobbiton was built a year in advance of filming to give the impression of real growth and age.

This included planting a vegetable garden and moving 5,000 cubic metres of earth to create roads.

3. Over 70 “miniature” sets were produced for the films, taking over 1,000 days to build

Weta (a special effects and prop company based in New Zealand) coined the term “bigature” for the 72 not-so-miniature sets produced for the films.

As the cameras were filming within inches of them, each of these “bigatures” had an extreme amount of detail so that post-production could make them look as real as possible.

One example is the white city of Minas Tirith – the largest set ever built in the Southern Hemisphere – which functioned as a small working city.

Due to the amount of detail each set required, the miniatures unit worked for over 1,000 days – more than any other special effects crew.

4. Every single prop was made from scratch

That’s right. Every. Single. Prop. In another first for any filmmaker, Jackson decided that every item in Middle-earth should be made from scratch. “I had to create the most believable world I could.

The decision was to make it feel very historical, with the levels of detail creating the illusion that the viewers were immersing themselves in a real world.

Props included 900+ suits of hand-made armour, 20,000+ household/everyday items, and over 1,600 pairs of individually-sized prosthetic feet and ears.

5. The film score is a masterpiece on its own, taking 4 years to compose

Most composers spend around 10-12 weeks working on the music for a film. John Williams spent around 14 weeks on each Star Wars movie, and approximately 40 weeks for the entire original trilogy.

But Howard Shore spent almost 4 years composing, orchestrating, conducting and producing the recordings for the LOTR trilogy. Another reason why The Lord Of The Rings is the best trilogy ever.

6. Jackson’s eye for detail even extended to the costumes, with over 19,000 created

Ngila Dickson was hired 6 months before filming started to begin creating thousands of costumes. She and 40 seamstresses worked on over 19,000 costumes for the trilogy. 10 versions of each costume were made, with 30 more for stunt, scale, and other doubles. All in all, each design had 40 versions.

Jackson also wanted the costumes to have the same amount of realism as the sets and props, so they made the costumes look “lived in” by wearing away colour and dirtying them for authenticity.

They even added to the story and enhanced characterisation by giving each race their own unique style and special touches. If you look closely, the buttons of Aragorn’s tunic are embellished with the tree of Gondor, giving a subtle nod to this part of his history.

7. The trilogy used – as well as invented – ground-breaking special effects

The technology and artistry that brought Gollum to life is something that LOTR took to a whole new level. In fact, Gollum was the first photo-realistic movie character created using performance capture.

Weta visual effects supervisor, Eric Saindon, said, “when we did Gollum, no one had really done a CG creature mixed with live-action that you were supposed to believe was just a creature in the scene […] the detail made him an actor on screen, rather than just a scary monster, which is what a lot of the CG creatures up to that point had been.

And because we were inventing technology as we were doing it, it was a huge challenge”. But they didn’t just live up to the challenge, they smashed it, and it won them an Oscar for Best Visual Effects.

8. Although some actors were Jackson’s second choice, none of them were second best

Aragorn, Eowyn, Galadriel, Gimli. These are just some of the characters who were almost played by someone else. But perhaps the biggest shock of all is Gandalf. Both Jackson and New Line’s first choice for the role was Sean Connery…

Thankfully, Gandalf and all the other roles went to their respective actors and actresses. After all, a Gandalf without Sir Ian McKellan wouldn’t be Gandalf at all. The Academy Awards agreed, giving him an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

9. The critics loved it too, and it cleaned up at the Oscars

While Return Of The King is tied with Titanic and Ben Hur for the ‘most Oscars for a single film’ record (11), it was the only one to win all the Academy Awards it was nominated for. Neither of the other two did. It was also the first-ever fantasy film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture and was the only one up until 2017.

Yes, The Lord Of The Rings trilogy is – without a doubt – the best trilogy ever made. We could list many other reasons why, but something tells us we’re in good company with a fellowship of 9.

Are there any we missed out that you would like to have seen on the list? If so, leave us a comment below.

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Book To Movie Adaptations Coming Soon



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It seems that Hollywood is on an adaptation bender these days. With the upcoming Dune film to the To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before Netflix franchise, there is a lot of money to be made in book to screen adaptations. And there are a ton of them in the works. Here’s 15 book to movie adaptations that will soon be coming to a screen near you.

1. The House of Gucci – November 24th, 2021

You don’t have to wait long to watch this true story unfold. Written by Sara Gay Forden, the book goes into the real-life whodunnit of the murder of Maurizio Gucci. Starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver, this film is coming out this November.

2. Where the Crawdads Sing – June 24, 2022

This bestseller is going to premiere next summer on Netflix. The book, written by Delia Owens follows Kya; a young woman with a turbulent life, who becomes the prime suspect in a mysterious murder. Daisy Edgar-Jones is set to play Kya.

3. The Nightingale – December 23, 2022

The Nightingale, written by Kristin Hannah, follows the lives of two French sisters after their lives are torn apart by World War Two. The film stars sisters Elle and Dakota Fanning and is set to be released on 23 December 2022.

4. The School for Good and Evil – 2022

Written by Soman Chianani, The School for Good and Evil is a middle-grade standout. It takes place at twin schools that kidnap two children every year. Alongside the children of famous fairy-tale heroes and villains, these children are then trained at either the School for Good or the School for Evil. Eventually becoming the next generation of fairy tales. This film has big names in the cast, such as Charlize Theron, Laurence Fishburne, and Kerry Washington. The main characters Sophie and Agatha will be played by Sophia Ann Caruso and Holly Sturton. Shadow and Bone mainstay Kit Young will also be in this adaptation. It has wrapped filming and will come out sometime in 2022.

5. All Quiet on the Western Front – 2022

Who else remembers reading this in school? The classic was written by Erich Maria Remarque and chronicles the horrors of World War One. The book is being adapted as a film by Netflix. It’s going to be directed by Edward Berger and will star Daniel Bruhl. This is actually the third time the book has been adapted for the screen and will premier in 2022.

6. House of the Dragon/ Fire and Blood – 2022

Rejoice Game of Thrones fans, there’s more coming your way. Based on the book Fire and Blood by George R. R. Martin, this Game of Thrones spin-off follows the Targaryens 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones. It’s being produced by HBO and will be a ten-part limited series. It’s set to premiere in 2022.

7. Bridgerton (Season 2) – 2022

The pandemic hit Bridgerton has also been renewed for season two. The second season will cover The Viscount Who Loved Me, by Julia Quinn. This love story will centre around Anthony Bridgerton. There’s no official release date, but speculation puts it at 2022.

8. A Discovery of Witches (Season 3) – 2022

AMC +’s Discovery of Witches has been renewed for season three. The show is based on Deborah Harkness’All Souls Trilogy. It centres around actors Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer as a vampire and witch who fall in love. It’s set to premiere sometime in 2022.

9. Shadow and Bone (Season 2) – 2022/2023

Netflix’s Shadow and Bone has been confirmed for a second season. It will cover the events of the second book, Siege and Storm. It’s also unclear if it will dip into the Six of Crows duology. You can read more of our coverage of season two of Shadow and Bone here.

10. Ninth House – TBD

Written by the same author of Shadow and Bone, Ninth House is Leigh Bardugo’s adult fiction series. It follows Yale freshman Alex Stern, who has the ability to see ghosts. She is hired to oversee the dark magical dealings of Yale’s secret societies and gets caught up in forces beyond her imagination. Picked up less than two days after its release in 2019, Ninth House is in the works for an Amazon series adaptation. The show does not have a release date yet and is still in pre-production. Leigh Bardugo is currently writing both the sequel and the show, according to her Instagram.

11. They Both Die at the End – TBD

When Mateo and Rufus are told that they will die, they befriend each other to enjoy their last day. After the project fizzled out at HBO, They Both Die at the End has now been picked up for a tv show by Entertainment One. The show will also be written by the author of the book, Adam Silvera. There is no release date yet.

12. The Selection – TBD

A staple of 2010s dystopian fiction, The Selection by Kiera Kass is right up there with Divergent and the Maze Runner. The Selection follows America Singer, who is selected to compete in a Bachelor-like competition to select the next Queen. What feels frivolous quickly becomes a high-stakes competition for the fate of the country. The Selection is set to premiere on Netflix as a movie. Haifaa Al-Mansour is attached to direct. You can expect to be able to watch The Selection in mid-2021.

13. The Red Queen – TBD

Another mainstay of mid-2010’s dystopia is the Red Queen series, by Victoria Aveyard. The Red Queen is set in a world divided by blood colour. The silver-blooded have superpowers and rule over the kingdom. The red-blooded are powerless; living in poverty and serving as cannon fodder to the war. But when red-blooded Mare Barrow reveals the power to manipulate lightning, everything changes. Elizabeth Banks is executive producing and directing The Red Queen for a TV series at Peacock. She will also play a key role. We’re still waiting on a release date, but Aveyard has co-written the pilot.

14. Blackout – TBD

Blackout is a collection of short stories following black teenagers who stumble upon love in the middle of a blackout in New York City. Authors include Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Nicola Yoon, and Ashley Woodfolk. The collection is going to be adapted into a six-part anthology on Netflix. The Obamas are actually producing Blackout under their flagship Higher Ground banner and Temple Hill. There is no release date yet.

15. Long Way Down – TBD

Written by Jason Reynolds, Long Way Down takes place in the sixty seconds the main character decides whether or not to murder the man who killed his brother. It’s being adapted into a feature film by Universal and is produced by John Legend and Michael De Luca. There is no release date yet.

That’s our list of 15 book to movie adaptations coming out soon. Which one are you most looking forward to seeing? Let us know in the comments below.

Check out the five things you missed in Bridgeton Season One HERE.

Read iMDB information on The House of Gucci HERE.

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