Date: 17th February 2004
A fake trailer for Lord of the Rings prequel The Hobbit has been posted onto the internet.
The fantasy two-minute clip was created by Steve Latham, 26, a film studies student, and can be seen at his website, http://www.lathamfilms.com
He used clips from The Fellowship of the Ring and 1981 movie Dragonslayer to create the spectacular hoax.
The trailer, which has gained acclaim from fans, gives a release date of December 19, 2006.
Production on the movie - should it go ahead at all - will not be able to begin until director Peter Jackson has finished shooting a remake of King Kong.
Film studio New Line is still in negotiations with MGM to acquire the distribution rights to the book.
Source: Press Release