British filmmaker John Boorman has a reputation for making films that are either really good or really bad. He produced, directed and co-wrote Deliverance, which was nominated for three Academy Awards and five Golden Globes. He also wrote, produced and directed Zardoz, which had a lot of interesting ideas, but is generally derided for, among other things, dressing Sean Connery thusly:
He’s a man who makes the films he wants to make. So when he co-wrote a script for a film version of Lord of the Rings, he wasn’t going to be weighed down by the safe ideas of lesser men. Ideas like “stick to the story” or “don’t have a kabuki / circus performance at the Council of Elrond”.
Actually it sounds like he had some good ideas. Some orcs are “slumbering or in some kind of narcotic state. The fellowship runs over them, and the footsteps start up their hearts” (that was actually co-writer Rospo Pallenberg’s idea, and the quote is from him). A Nazgul rides a horse that “seems to have no skin. Its live, raw, bleeding flesh is exposed”. At the end of the film Legolas sees a rainbow and says “Look! Only seven colors. Indeed, the world is failing.”
But, to me, they feel very much like original ideas, as opposed to good ideas for a film version of someone else’s book.
Also Frodo has sex with Galadriel.
There’s a detailed summary of the script here.