HDTV versions of lord of the rings due out

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HDTV versions of lord of the rings due out

Postby TerraFrost » Fri Mar 12, 2004 11:16 pm

NEW LINE CINEMA'S "THE LORD OF THE RINGS:
THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING" MAKES WORLD TELEVISION PREMIERE ON THE WB THIS NOVEMBER

EPIC TRILOGY, INCLUDING ACADEMY AWARD WINNER "THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING," SET TO AIR IN HIGH DEFINITION ON THE WB
OVER THE NEXT THREE SEASONS

BURBANK, CA (March 5, 2004) - The WB will broadcast the World Television Premiere of all three films in New Line Cinema's Oscar-winning trilogy, "The Lord of the Rings," directed, produced and co-written by Peter Jackson. The first premiere is set for November sweeps, when the network will air the World Television Premiere of "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" in High Definition, with subsequent films airing during Fall sweeps each subsequent year. The announcement was made today by Jordan Levin, Co-CEO of The WB.

"The WB made a huge bet on this franchise a couple of years back and that has paid off in a way we never dreamed," said Mr. Levin. "The films share so many elements with our brand - youthful, fantasy entertainment with a strong dose of empowerment - and will enable us to create event programming that can platform important series for us."

"We're delighted to work with our sister company, The WB, in bringing these films to television for the first time," added Jim Rosenthal, President of New Line Television. "They're committed to creating the best possible viewing experience by airing the films in high definition and the prospect of giving audiences a chance to see the films in this new way is an exciting one."

The WB will broadcast the world premiere of "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" in fall 2005 and follow up with "The Lord of The Rings: The Return of the King," winner of 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, in fall 2006. The WB also has the rights to air all three acclaimed films in the 2006-2007 broadcast season. All three films will air in high definition.

"The Lord of The Rings: Return of the King" is the second highest-grossing film of all time, after "Titanic." All three films in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy have earned a combined gross of $2.8 billion at the box office worldwide. Additionally, "The Return of the King" tied "Ben Hur" and "Titanic" with the all-time record of 11 Oscar victories.
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