January 21, 2000Filming Resumes
Filming Lord of the Rings began again in Wellington last
night, this time leaving behind the leafy town belt for sets built in this Hayward' s Hill
quarry. Filming will take place mainly at night. Peter Jackson is directing the $260
million trilogy, based on fantasy novels by J R R Tolkien, for American production company
New Line Cinema.
Production of the movie was disrupted when sets were washed
away by floodwaters near Queenstown two months ago, and New Zealand producer Tim Sanders
resigned last week.
British actor Sir Ian McKellen, 61, arrived in Wellington
during the weekend to play wizard Gandalf, joining stars Liv Tyler, Sir Ian Holm and