February 10, 2000Sanders Throws Hat Out of Rings
It's not clear if Tim Sanders will receive a producer credit
for the second and third films in The Lord of the Rings trilogy following his surprise
exit from the $360 million production.
Rings 'American producer Barrie M Osborne confirmed Sanders
will be credited as producer for the first film but the others will "depend on his
contract with New Line".
He said in the interests of continuty, Sanders will have an
ongoing involvement with Rings but it won't be day-to-day.
Osborne, who's independent of New Line, said Sanders isn't
being replaced because having set up The Lord of the Rings, "he's fufilled his role
... He got the ball rolling-to bring someone else in now would be counterproductive."
Onfilm couldn't contact Sanders, but he has publicly said it
was his choice to go and doesn't want to discuss it further.
Sanders has produced eight miniseries and features,
executive-produced three, worked on 25 major productions, and was the Rings producer for
three years including two years on the job before the arrival of Osborne.
Asked if the New Zealander was under pressure from New Line
to leave, Osborne said, "Not really," but pointed out there were enormous
pressures in shooting three movies back-to-back.
The executive producer of The Maxtrix said he'd enjoyed
working with Sanders. "He's done a terrific job and I'm sad to see him go because it
puts more pressure on me frankly."
Osborne said he was "a little surprised" about
Sanders leaving a fifth of the way through shooting "but there was some discussion
about it". As to whether New Line tried to dissuade him from going, Osborne said that
was a question for the studio.
But he did dismiss suggestions it was tied into reported
problems on the production. "I don't think there is any dissension with local crews.
We have ongoing discussions about issues because we don't have a collective bargaining
agreement and sometimes ambiguities have to be settled through meetings."
Osborne said Filming has gone smoothly over the first three
months and everything's on schedule for the next 12. "Peter [Jackson] has been very
disciplined about time.
"We got hit with some bad weather in the South Island
and lost a few days but we're pretty much on schedule."
Meanwhile, New Line has served a trespass notice against
Rings fan Erica Challis, who runs the theonering.net website from Auckland. She has been
banned from the Rings set for two years because New Line doesn't want unauthorised
photographs being distributed.
Osborne said the action was necessary because she'd publicly
stated she would snoop around the set. "We have a closed set and people are not
welcome to come and take photographs." However, he said he'd be happy to come to an
arrangement with her over publicity materials because "she is an avid fan".