News has just emerged that Warner Bros. and Amazon have begun early talks for a possible The Lord of the Rings series.
“Nothing is certain,” says Elrond in The Two Towers; a very apt quote in light of this news. Whether talks are actually happening, or what the nature of these talks are, cannot be fully determined or confirmed at the moment.
However, let’s just speculate a bit.
In a way, the news is exciting as it will allow us to witness other people’s vision of Tolkien’s story. It is a chance to delve in certain aspects of the book which were not dealt with in the original film trilogy. Given it’s episodic format possibilities, this could turn out to be a really great addition (or, dare I say it, rival) to existing adaptations.
On the other hand, do we really need another The Lord of the Rings adaptation? Don’t get me wrong. The idea is very appealing and I wouldn’t mind delving back into Middle-earth with a fresh pair of eyes. Yet, it seems that the impact of the Rings trilogy is still as strong as it was back when the films were released. The Hobbit further strengthened that influence, and it now seems that people have been thoroughly saturated with the world and the characters.
But what if this series was set in Middle-earth yet followed the stories in the Appendices?
Ah, that would be a different scenario entirely. Absolutely yes! That would be fantastic.
Branching out into the backstory of The Lord of the Rings, or the narratives running parallel to the War of the Ring, via the numerous potentials of a series, would be the perfect way to add even more detail and realism to the whole Middle-earth cinematic universe (which feels hardly possible given how well Peter Jackson crafted the world).
So at this point it’s just a waiting game. We will have to see how things unfold, learn more about what the series will actually tackle and what will come out of all these “early talks”.
Many ardent Tolkien fans will surely be dismayed by this news. But I myself cannot help feeling excited at the prospect of what may lie ahead.
Till next time.