Humbled by the Hobbits


| January 23, 2002


Humbled by the Hobbits: This Just Has to Be Killing the Mouse, Jim Hill, Orlando Weekly
On and off for the last 50 years, Disney has contemplated making Tolkein's story into a movie - oh how they must be kicking themselves now. Jim Hill, for the Orlando Weekly, recounts all of Disney's missed opportunities and speculates on how Disney missed out. Starting with missing the boat in the 1950s and 1970s, Disney even had the chance to back Peter Jackson's project. In the 1990s, Miramax wanted to produce the films, but Disney refused to pay for the director's demands, namely to film all three movies in one 18-month stretch and release them annually for the next three years. Now with The Fellowship of the Ring earning more than $228 million and lauded as 'arguably the best reviewed film of the 2001 holiday season,' Hill writes, '... all that loot could havebeen going straight into Mickey's pocket.'
--Sara V. Buckwitz
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