| Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers Getting New Scenes
Peter Jackson’s second installment of Lord of the Rings, called The Two Towers, isn’t quite ready for public consumption.
In fact, most of the cast members are heading back to New Zealand next week for more shooting ? including some new scenes.
I am told that principals Viggo Mortensen, Elijah Wood, Liv Tyler, and Oscar nominee Ian McKellen are among those who have been summoned to the Lord of the Rings sound stages.
There is some discrepancy about what will happen when they get there. One set of sources insists that new scenes will be shot to amp up the love story between Mortensen and Tyler, as well as to beef up combat scenes.
“Now that Star Wars has come back so big,“ my source tells me, “Jackson wants to make sure he can outdo it.“
But insiders at New Line Cinema insist that the work being done consists of pick-up shots and other miscellaneous stuff, like close-ups, that would enhance the film. This is interesting, because Jackson was busy editing the second film last winter while Fellowship of the Rings was going into release. The two films, as well as the third installment, were filmed simultaneously. But, Jackson is said to have gotten ideas about ways to make the second film better after audiences saw the first one.
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is the sequel to Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Rings, which grossed $300 million and was nominated for several Oscars, including Best Picture. The individual budget for the second movie is said to be around $100 million, so Jackson is under some pressure to make sure that The Two Towers does at least as well as its predecessor, if not better.