View Full Version : Last-Minute Changes to ROTK [spoilers]

11-13-2003, 04:35 PM
from IGN.com :eek:
Ain't it Cool News caused some commotion among Lord of the Rings fans when it broke the news about some surprising last-minute cuts to the trilogy's final film. Peter Jackson has made the decision to cut the opening scenes with Saruman (Christopher Lee) and Wormtongue (Brad Dourif) from the beginning of The Return of the King.

"Since The Two Towers couldn't sustain a 7 min 'wrap' after Helm's Deep, we thought it would be a good idea to save it for the beginning of the Return of the King," says Jackson. "The trouble is, when we viewed various ROTK cuts over the last few weeks, it feels like the first scenes are wrapping last year's movie, instead of starting the new one. We felt it got ROTK off to an uncertain beginning, since Saruman plays no role in the events of ROTK (we don't have the Scouring later, as the book does), yet we dwell in Isengard for quite a long time before our new story kicks off."

Jackson says that the sequence, in which Saruman meets his demise, will be included in the Extended Edition edit of the film, which is likely to be released on DVD a year from now.:eek:

Sam Fisher
11-15-2003, 12:50 AM
Aww, ****. Why can't they make the movie at least somewhat like the book? They really should have included the Scouring of the Shire.

Boba Rhett
11-15-2003, 12:54 AM
No no no no no, scouring = bad. It wouldn't work on screen. I am disappointed about Saruman being cut though.

11-16-2003, 07:30 AM
I am disapointed that I dont get too see his throat cut...damnit..I was looking forward to it too...

ah well. Suppose I'll have to buy the extended version.