20 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Lord of the Rings
The Weinsteins Wanted it to be One Movie
The Weinstein Brothers aren’t the most popular people in Hollywood, and for good reason. At one time, though, they had quite a bit of power. So much so that they made a lot of demands of Peter Jackson when he was trying to get the film financed. One of their demands was that they combine the story into a single film.
Given the length of each film, it seems ridiculous to think the story could have been told well in a single movie. The Weinsteins also requested that they kill off at least one hobbit. The hobbits are the heart of the entire story, so clearly, the Weinsteins didn’t really get it and never would.