Mr Lee is back from Belgium. Here are his latest comments.
Regarding the Oscars. He and every American and British producer, director and actor he has spoken to in the last few days, agree that The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring was far superior to any movie nominated for Oscars. They all agree that it should have won Oscars for best film and best director. A fantasy film has never won any major Oscars yet but this will change in the next couple of years.
Attack of the Clones, will be the best Star Wars movie to date. Harry Knowles, who Mr Lee has met on a couple of occasions and which share a mutual appreciation and respect for eachother, has reviewed the film. Mr Lee said, "If Harry Knowles said that, then I will not argue with it".
TheForce.net Mr Lee will record a video exclusively for Star Wars fans. More news on this project will be announced at their site. This will be done as a thank-you to all SW fans and what better place than at the number one site on the net.
The Riding of the Laddie. There was an article published in Variety Magazine stating that this was a re-make of The Wicker Man, that statement is false and misinformed. It is a totally different story and has nothing to do with the cult classic, other that the main people involved in the former are going to work together again. The script is different, the story is different. Mr Lee wishes that he could be filming as soon as September but it does not depend on him.
Jinnah: The Movie . Mr Lee is very happy to hear that film fans support his cause. He is confident the film will get a release. Very important behind the scenes work is being done. Please keep helping with the campaigning of its release and soon it will be a reality. We are working on a digitally remastered unofficial "Jinnah Trailer", Mr Lee will lend his voice to this project.
Jesus Franco and his wife Lina Romay were at the film festival. Jesus Franco was a member of the jury too, Christina got to know them well. He remembered Christina when she was 6 years old, when Mr Lee was filming "El Proceso de las Brujas". She says, that both of them couldn't have been nicer. Mr and Mrs Lee like them a lot too and they shared a few laughs. This is as long as they don't ask Mr Lee to be in one of his films again, unless he goes for a different genre. Generally, Jesus Franco is not thought of as a good Director, Mr Lee says that he is much better than people give him credit for. It is the scripts and the budgets that he is presented with which make him infamous. People have to make a living.
Pictures will be developed tomorrow, the will appear at the image gallery soon.