Here is the article from Gazeta Wyborcza, 10/27/99: Translated very roughly from Polish by Jacek, and courtesy of

Wojciech Kilar will be writing music for a film version of "Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R. Tolkien

'I wanted to have european music, symphonic, not american. I was always imagining Tolkien's Middle-earth like old Europe' - explained Peter Jackson, New Zealand's director. Creating music for fairy-tell-like Tolkien's world it's big chance to expand wings (literally, it's let's say idiom like "a big field to show-off") - says Kilar.

Tolkien never agreed for making film based on this book. Two weeks ago Jackson, author of "Frighteners" (?) and "Heavenly Creatures" started shooting this film. 'Screenplay is fantastic. It reads like a good action story -' says Kilar. Lord of Rings will cost 130 millions dollars. It will be filmed in New Zealand. Hobbits will be played by actors not taller than 105 cm. Supporting characters will be played by famous hollywood actors, for example Elizabeth Taylor.

Note that the reference to "Elizabeth Taylor" is a mistake for "Liv Tyler."

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