Amazon adapting The Lord of the Rings for television

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The Lord of the Rings

The Nazgûl, or Ringwraiths, ride seeking the One Ring of power and could be coming to a small screen near you…

My fanboyism of Pink Floyd is pretty well-known if you follow me on social media. Not so well-known is my fanboyism of J.R.R. Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings. The Lord of the Rings was my first Tolkien experience and soon after The Hobbit and others fell into play. It was my brother who introduced me to the mystery and wonder of Middle Earth and I lost myself to it. So it’s both exciting and concerning to hear that Amazon will be adapting The Lord of the Rings for television.

The upcoming Amazon Prime Original will be produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment.

The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, Head of Scripted Series, Amazon Studios. “We are honored to be working with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line on this exciting collaboration for television and are thrilled to be taking The Lord of the Rings fans on a new epic journey in Middle Earth.”

Lord of the Rings

It’s either going to become an amazing journey into a world so vast that three 3-hour movies couldn’t contain it, or it’s going to fall deep into the fires of Mount Doom and be forgotten.

“We are delighted that Amazon, with its longstanding commitment to literature, is the home of the first-ever multi-season television series for The Lord of the Rings,” said Matt Galsor, a representative for the Tolkien Estate and Trust and HarperCollins. “Sharon and the team at Amazon Studios have exceptional ideas to bring to the screen previously unexplored stories based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s original writings.”

Set in Middle Earth, the television adaptation will explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring. The deal includes a potential additional spin-off series.

I’ve been a huge fan of Peter Jackson’s movie adaptation of Tolkien’s work. Jackson’s films have been both praised and criticised. On one hand, they are beautiful pieces of digital artwork that do a very good job of showcasing the material. On the other hand, they’re not entirely accurate and true to every last word and writ of Tolkien’s works. So this will be interesting to see what Amazon does with this series. It’s either going to become an amazing journey into a world so vast that three 3-hour movies couldn’t contain it, or it’s going to fall deep into the fires of Mount Doom and be forgotten.

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