Confirmed! Amazon Greenlights Lord of the Rings series

The Lord of the Rings (on-screen logo)

According to various media sources, the deal has been struck, and Amazon has green-lit a multi-season adaptation set in Middle-earth. The news also confirms that the deal was struck with the Tolkien Estate.

There is no confirmation yet which stories will be adapted, but it has been confirmed that this will NOT involve any events set during the War of the Ring, but rather precede events in The Fellowship of the Ring.

As already speculated in my previous post, we’re looking at a possible glimpse into that 70-year gap between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings; that means an array of narratives such as the Tale of Aragorn and Arwen, Strider’s Journeys, the History of Durin’s Folk, Eorl the Young … It’s all there people.

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16 thoughts on “Confirmed! Amazon Greenlights Lord of the Rings series

  1. For just a second I was thinking, “Oh no… why?” However, covering events just before Fellowship? Alright, I’m in.
    I assume events involving the capture of Gollum and his subsequent escape from Gandalf may possibly be a part of it? I’m actually pretty excited about this especially from what Richard Armitage said about his willingness to portray Thorin again.

    • This will now be interesting … whether or not returning characters should be reprised by the same actors. Personally I would not be in favour of that. Let the season be its own thing.

      • Having thought about it a bit, yes by all means, I hope they avoid established characters for this series.

        As much as I would like to see well-developed productions centering on a few different characters released as one-off films, I just don’t think greedy hollyweird is capable of doing this tastefully. The Star Wars abominations they’re churning out these days are getting more and more laughably-bad.

    • I doubt The Silmarillion is on the table – from the reports it seems that they’ll tackle events just prior to FoTR or TH – which could include a number of options …

  2. I wonder what the reason behind this, as it seems it is literally just for money. Yet another regurgitation of a franchise that does not need further remakes so soon all for the lust for the almighty dollar. Unless this is a depiction of something new, and linked to the current films (which is possible given that New Line, Harpercollins AND the Tolkien Estate is on board), then what is the point? Hopefully this is the Silmarillion adaptation we have all waited for for so long.

    Secondly, they seem to want to make it the new Game of Thrones. If there are sex scenes, and senseless violence as in GOT, it would pollute the original material in a terrible way. Christopher Tolkien was so adamant about protecting the dignity of his father’s magnificent work and legacy, and to see it dumbed down to scantily clad, eye-candy scenes just for the sake of it would make it not Lord of the Rings anymore, but a false, poser-esque, watered down, imitation thereof.

    • Yeah it’s pretty obvious that they’re trying to capitulate on GoT’s concluding season and introduce a new series on an established fantasy. Let’s hope they don’t go into too much violence gratification …

    • Urmut, I’d like to thank you for giving me another reason why I am THRILLED that I’ve never watched a single episode of Thrones. Imagine sensationalized filth that is then resensationalized after being over-sensationalized. I’ll pass.

    • Here here! Also I read online that the actor who played Gimli has flat out criticized the move to re-produce Tolkien’s LOTR as a purely “greedy” cash grab and that he said Tolkien must be spinning in his grave at what is being done to his work. It really makes me wonder where Christopher Tolkien stands in all of this, particularly as the Estate was onboard with the decision, and why he gave the approval for this.

      Any ideas James, Robert, or anyone on this blog?

  3. I’m not sure whether to be excited or dismayed.
    There are a lot of possibilities, as you said. It would be very interesting to see the events that happened between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, but… movies, TV-shows and TV-series usually have a lot of needless material added. And I really don’t want the people making this series to ruin it in any of the ways possible. If they do, it will be a definite disappointment for me. 😦

  4. On a (somewhat, kind of… in a way) related note, Richard Armitage voices Trevor Belmont in Castlevania which streams on Netflix. Also in attendance is Graham McTavish as Dracula. Pretty entertaining and even funny at times while being one of the few vamp-related productions I can stomach.

  5. How much you want to bet they sex it up to make it like that Game of Thrones crap. The world has changed a lot (for the worse) since Peter Jackson firsts started working on LotR in the late 90s. I’m not excited for what’s coming. For all the faults with LotR and the Hobbit movies, PJ actually cared about the story. Amazon cares about money.

  6. I feel a lot better about it than if it were set during LOTR. 🙂 I really hope they gather a team who loves and understands Middle-earth well. I think that will make all the difference between it being a success or something we fans detest.

  7. I am worried about this rather than excited. I hope they leave The Silmarillion alone. The Silmarillion is my favourite of Tolkien’s books and is a very beautiful and very complicated story which is akin to a history book rather than a novel. I would hate to watch it be torn apart for profit. I would be devastated!

    I think the best thing the series can do is recreate the time from The Hobbit to the Lord of the Rings, and that way they can bring back fan-favourites who the majority of the audience will know, still keeping it very relevant to the Lord of the Rings. It is easy to read and to know where Tolkien was going with it, while The Silmarillion was never put together and published by him personally.

    But the only thing I really hope is that whoever is given the job of putting this series together loves Tolkien and understands him and his stories in the same way Peter had when he made Lord of the Rings, rather than telling a story to suit what they think the target audience wants to see and commercialising it. Tolkien would never be happy to have watched his name and work be made into anything that has little regard for his stories and barely resembles them at all.

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