Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein allegedly threatened to fire filmmaker Peter Jackson and replace him with Quentin Tarantino in the “The Lord of The Rings” trilogy, according to British screenwriter Ian Nathan’s new book, reported The Guardian.
Nathan revealed in his book “Anything You Can Imagine: Peter Jackson & The Making of Middle-Earth” that Weinstein had threatened to fire Jackson if he did not compress JRR Tolkien’s trilogy into one single film.
Jackson told Nathan that he had received a memo dated June 17, 1998, from the development head of Weinstein’s company Miramax, asking for “a more radical, streamlined approach.” The film was later produced by New Line Cinema.
Jackson’s trilogy went on to win 17 Academy Awards, including a Best Director nod for Jackson for the third film, “The Return of the King” (2003).
Last December Jackson admitted to blacklisting actors Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino in response to a “smear campaign” orchestrated by Weinstein.
“I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs,” Jackson said.