NewsWire: Lord of the Rings Creates Early (Very Early) Buzz -

More people have viewed Rings' trailer online than Phantom Menace's.
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Lord of the Rings Creates Early (Very Early) Buzz - July 7, 2000

The infamous graffiti scrawl that began appearing on subway walls and bumper stickers in the late '60s, at the height of mania over J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy, could start popping up again.

A full year and a half before the release of the first part in a big budget, live action version of the classic fantasy tale, fans are buzzing at a level not seen since George Lucas was busy crafting Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace.

Filming for all three parts — The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King — is now halfway complete under the direction of New Zealander Peter Jackson (Heavenly Creatures, The Frighteners).

Dozens of Web sites are shadowing the production's every move and are brimming with bootleg photos of set locales and character sketches. Hundreds more sites are devoted to Tolkien's world in general. Leading movie-making gossip site Ain't It Cool News has also been bubbling with updates and "spoilers" ever since New Line Cinema announced the project in 1998.

And fans from all generations are apparently eating it up, eager to learn how Frodo Baggins' quest to destroy the ring of doom and save Middle Earth will be portrayed on the big screen.

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