Harvey Weinstein threatened Lord of Rings director Peter Jackson that he would be replaced by Quentin Tarantino if he don’t turn the movie into just one piece.
In the new book by British film writer Ian Nathan, Anything You Can Imagine: Peter Jackson & The Making of Middle-Earth, reveals that Weinstein thought the New Zealand director had wasted $12m in developing a two-movie script.
“Harvey was like, ‘you’re either doing this or you’re not. You’re out. And I got Quentin ready to direct it’,” Ken Kamins, a producer who worked for Weinstein on the project, told the author.
Removing important parts from the movie
This would have meant cutting the Helm’s Deep valley, having Eowyn replace Faramir as Boromir’s sister, the Balrog would disappear and Saruman too was on shaky ground.
However Weinstein was persuaded to allow Jackson and Walsh make and sell their movie. New Line Cinema picked it up and Tolkein’s book was turned into a hugely successful trilogy: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers(2002) and The Return of the King (2003).
Jackson won a best director Oscar for The Return of the King and the series won 17 Oscars in total.
The lost of talented actresses
Last December, Jackson admitted he did not let talented actresses such as Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino take part in the movies because of rumors released by the Miramax studio, possibly Harvey Weinstein’s work. “I remember that Miramax told us that it is very difficult to work with them and that it is best to avoid them,” says Jackson. “Then we had no reason to doubt that, but now I realize what has actually happened and how, because of the false information, we have lost the opportunity to work with talented actresses like them.”