Open Post: Hosted By A Guy Dressed As Gandalf Running Into Ian McKellen During A “Lord Of The Rings”-Themed Bar Crawl
Last Thursday, University of Bristol music student Ben Coyles turned 22, and, to celebrate, he and his friends embarked on a Lord of the Rings-themed pub crawl. People went as elves, Ents, Orcs, and Eyes of Sauron, but birthday boy Ben dressed up as Gandalf. Specifically Gandalf the Grey. And it turned out this was the right costume choice because, as Ben and his Fellowship ventured to their penultimate pub just before midnight, they bumped into the real Gandalf, aka Sir Ian McKellen! Ben tells the Bristol Post that he was absolutely “flabbergasted.” Wow, it’s a Tolkien nerd’s dream come true!
The new Lord of the Rings television series for Amazon Prime Video is already expensive as all can fucking be so obviously even more resources need to be devoted to the franchise. It seems that during an earnings call at Warner Bros. Discovery, the CEO David Zalsav announced there were going to be “multiple” new films based on the books coming down the line. Just when you think Hollywood refuses to examine any new ideas for narratives, they prove to you they really absolutely never will.
Peter Jackson Wanted To Get Hypnosis To Forget Making The “Lord Of The Rings” Trilogy So He Could Watch It Like New As A Fan
Around the turn of the century, the Lord of the Rings trilogy was huuuge. Bigger than Jesus! I went to see each movie the same night they opened in theaters. While my friends were sexually obsessed with Legolas, I was always partial to Merry and Pippin. I look back on those experiences fondly… what a special treat for moviegoers! But guess who didn’t get to enjoy the LOTR movies? Peter Jackson himself. This week the director told The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast that he was so jealous of fans who got to see the movies as “coming-out-of-the-blue” films, that he seriously considered hypnotizing himself to forget them. That way, he could watch them with fresh eyes without knowing what would happen.
The Hollywood Reporter says that Amazon Studios’ upcoming Lord Of The Rings prequel series is going to be insanely expensive. Just how expensive can it be? $465 million for only one season. The upcoming Amazon series will be filming in New Zealand, and Jeff Bezos has spared no dollar it seems. They’ve been planning the series since 2017 and the budget for the first season is coming in at an astounding NZ$650 million, which in American dollars comes out to $465 million. These hos are putting on a show more elaborate than when Aragorn was coronated King of Gondor, okayyyyyyy? Don’t get that reference? Me either, actually.