What do we know already about The Lord of the Rings series?
Although production for the new Lord of the Rings series is unlikely to start until 2019, we’re already super excited about the prospect of another on-screen iteration of J.R.R Tolkien’s masterpiece ‘The Lord of the Rings’. So far we only know a few things: it’s being produced by Amazon studios, it’s projected to cost over $1 billion (roughly £750 million) to create, and the first series looks to be based around Aragorn. Now, eight months on from the announcement of the show, Amazon’s new Film and TV chief Jennifer Salke has confirmed that JD Payne and Patrick McKay will be responsible for the development of the big-budget series. Sci-Fi fans may recognise the two as the writers for upcoming Star Trek 4, and others possibly from The Rock’s (also upcoming) film Jungle Cruise.
We’ll have to wait and see what these writers can come up with for these two movies, in the meantime here’s what the pair had to say about the Lord of the Rings series announcement.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be partnering with Amazon to bring it to life anew. We feel like Frodo, setting out from the Shire, with a great responsibility in our care – it is the beginning of the adventure of a lifetime.”
They are right about having a big responsibility on their shoulders, the rights alone were purchased for $250 million from the Tolkien estate. Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, has recently stated he wants to create “the next Game of Thrones” and this looks set to be it. After the deal was announced Salke talked about how he’d like to see the show move forward.
“We’re really excited about Lord of the Rings. Despite all the chatter about it, the deal just closed a month ago. We’ve been talking to writers. We have an estate that’s very active. I’ve spent three hours with Simon Tolkien. There’s a lot of moving parts with it. We’ll have some game plan to move forward with very soon.”
What’s the cast news?
As far as castings are concerned, very little is known for the Lord of the Rings series. Ian McKellen, who played Gandalf in the original trilogy, has expressed interest in reprising his role; and despite being 79 himself, that shouldn’t really matter seeing as Gandalf is over 7000 years old. John Rhys Davies (who played Gimli), on the other hand, has criticised the production of the show, stating that it will come far too soon after Peter Jackson’s work and is just a money making attempt by Amazon.
Will it follow the same story-line as the original?
It’s unlikely. We think that there’ll be 5 seasons in total, and multiple sources have confirmed that they believe the first season will revolve around the story of a young Aragorn. The character is 87 during Frodo’s quest to return the ring to Mordor, this leaves a lot of scope for the writers to create a rich plot about Aragorn’s early years on Middle-Earth. There’s no real information out there about concrete plot lines, but with over a year until the time production must start by we’re sure there’ll be a lot of speculation flying about in the months to come. Be sure to stay tuned here as we’ll be updating the site with any future news when it’s released.