The purpose of addressing this item, also on the 'Things I love' list, is purely to emphasize what an INCREDIBLE film this has become, and what a magical book it was before its transformation into the characters we have all come to know and love today.
At number 10 comes one of my favourite if not my absolute favourite film of all time. Ever. Seriously. Lord of the Rings. And all three parts at that.
Originally a legendary book with a fan base spanning the world over and created by the truly gifted J.R.R Tolkien, the trilogy of films continues to make headlines around the world after over 6 years of the release of the final part, 'The Lord of the Rings - Return of the King' (in which, I must say, I cry every time in the scene where Aragorn who has just become king bows down to the four humble hobbits, commencing a domino effect in all those present at his inauguration. I mean really, do men like that exist in real life?).
The latest trials and tribulations over the film came as something of a shock to me. Apparently Tolkien's heirs, (which were defined as his children in one article and grandchildren in another therefore I won’t comment on this particular aspect), had not actually been awarded ANY of the whopping $2.6 BILLION that the films had grossed worldwide. This was settled when they were awarded a $150 million share by the New Line Film Company earlier this week.
Warner Brother's, of which New Line is a branch, is also set to release the much awaited 'The Hobbit', the first in the line of books written by Tolkien which eventually led to the events which developed in 'The Lord of the Rings'. The film, unlike the LOTR trilogy will not be directed by the phenomenally talented Peter Jackson, but by.....
Wait for it.....
Waiiiittttt for ittttt.....
GUILLERMO DEL TORO!
Imagine the twisted, fantastical, graphically explicit, cruelly addictive magic of the likes of del Toro's previous films, such as the undeniable standout "Pan's Labyrinth" and the deliciously childish, in a very adult kind of manner, "Hellboy" and then combine them with the pure unadulterated charm and whimsical tales of the incredible Tolkien accomplishment, "The Hobbit".
I.. Can.. Not... WAIT!
Set to release 2010.
Ps. LOTR rambling not over.