|Tony Danza as Tom Bombadil|
Excitement is building steadily for Jackson's return to middle earth, and with good reason.
Jackson brought a series of books thought to be unfilmable to the screen. Prior attempts to adapt the Lord of the Rings were either shot down by JRR Tolkien himself, or were too expensive to finance. And while Ralph Bashki's animated version was a moderate success, it remains incomplete, ending with the battle at Helm's Deep.
Until Jackson, no one was able to tell the complete story in a way that satisfied Tolkien's mythos.
But Irwin Allen tried, and almost succeeded.
In 1983, Allen (known for producing a string of blockbuster disaster movies in the 1970s) came across a treatment by Forrest J. Ackerman, Morton Grady Zimmerman, and Al Brodax. In 1982, Allen signed a deal with CBS to produce a series of television musical mini series, and in the Lord of the Rings treatment he saw something he could adapt for the small screen.
|A young Eric Bogosian tests out his Elrond costume|
|Hirsch and Bosley relaxing between takes|