Inspired by the one hundred million readers of The Lord of the Rings, director Peter Jackson has become the first person in movie-making history to simultaneously write, direct and produce three films at one time. In another pioneering and Middle-earth- shattering move announced today, Jackson has decided to immortalize the most ardent Tolkien fans — charter members in The Lord of the Rings Fan Club — by placing their names in the film’s credits on the DVDs.
“This is an announcement unprecedented in cinematic history and of immense importance to The Lord of the Rings fans,” says Dan Madsen, vice president of Decipher‘s Fan Club Studio. “Peter is honoring the role of the fans in this creative journey. The fact that these films are being made with such precision and care is exciting in and of itself. But, by agreeing to place fans’ names in the credits of the films, Peter is demonstrating that he truly understands what it means to be a fan of this brilliant property. This is the first time a director has acknowledged the contribution of fans to the creation of a film in this way.”
The Official Lord of the Rings Fan Club launches today with an innovative charter membership program on LOTRfanclub.com. In addition to having their names appear in the film’s credits on the DVDs, charter members receive an annual subscription to the bi-monthly movie magazine; special-edition, widescreen-format collector’s lithographs (featuring scenes from The Fellowship of the Ring); a 10% discount at the Fan Club’s online store and catalog; preference (two weeks before the general public) in purchasing exclusive, limited-edition collectibles; a fan mail service to link fans directly to the stars of the trilogy; and more.
The cost of a one-year charter membership is $39.95US; $69.95US for two years; and $99.95US for three. Two-year charter members will appear in the credits of the DVDs for the first two films in the trilogy; three-year charter members will appear in the credits of all three films. International memberships will also be available.
Charter memberships will be available for a limited time only. To sign up, fans can visit LOTRfanclub.com, or go to the official >o?Lord of the Rings web site at lordoftherings.net and click on “Fan Club.” Regular Fan Club memberships are expected to be offered starting in December. Tolkien enthusiasts will also be able to join the fan club by calling 1-800-451-6381 (inside the United States only) or 303-856-2201 (from anywhere in the world) between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. MST.
Frodo Registers as First Member
Actor Elijah Wood, who stars in the trilogy as Frodo Baggins — the legendary Ring-bearer — has signed up as the fan club’s first official member. “I think what they’re doing with the fan club is really wonderful. Since I started working on these films, I’ve been amazed by how many people have been impacted by this story and how much they care about it at a deep, emotional level. The fan club creates one big, worldwide society of Lord of the Rings fans and I am proud to be part of that. Besides, I want to be sure Peter puts my name in the credits of the film’s DVD,” Wood quipped.
Decipher’s Fan Club Studio is the worldwide licensee of New Line Cinema for The Lord of the Rings Fan Club. Through international partnerships, local chapters are expected to be introduced next year throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand and around the world. Details of these features, as they develop, will be released on LOTRfanclub.com. Whether from Asia, Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Australia or Antarctica members will receive similar benefits and share the same news, updates, and intimate connection with the stars as their friends from around the globe.
World Movie Premiere Sweepstakes
In celebration of the launch of <The Lord of the Rings Fan Club, visitors to LOTRfanclub.com and fans everywhere will be invited to enter a sweepstakes to win a trip for two to London, England to attend the star-studded, world premiere of The Fellowship of the Ring on December 10th. Online and mail-in entries will be accepted. No purchase is necessary. Contest details are provided at LOTRfanclub.com.