NewsWire: Lord of the Rings to Debut in London - Reuters

Lord of the Rings to Debut in London
Reuters - Oct. 18, 2001

LONDON (Reuters) - The first film in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy will make its world premiere in London in December, the film's maker says.

The reworking of JRR Tolkien's classic tale of hobbits, dwarves and wizards is expected to be one of the biggest films in years.

"The world premiere will be in London on December 10," a spokeswoman for New Line Cinema said on Thursday. "We can't say any more at the moment."

She said more details would be released in the next few days.

"The Fellowship of the Ring" is the first of three Tolkien films made back to back in New Zealand for a reported 207 million pounds.

Directed by New Zealander Peter Jackson, the film features Australia's Cate Blanchet and British stars Ian McKellen and Ian Holm.

American actor Elijah Wood, who plays Frodo Baggins, this week launched the film's international fan club by signing up as the first member.

"I have been amazed by how many people have been impacted by this story and how much they care about it at a deep, emotional level," he said.

More than 350 million hits were recorded at the film's official Web site ( within three months of its launch.

Publishers HarperCollins said sales of the Tolkien saga had soared by 400 percent this year without any marketing or promotion.

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