Amazon announce Lord of the Rings TV series, set before Fellowship

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by Monkey Man » Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:19 pm

Amazon to Adapt J.R.R. Tolkien’s Globally Renowned Fantasy Novels, The Lord of the Rings, for Television with a Multi Season Production Commitment

Television adaptation, exploring new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring, slated to debut exclusively on Prime Video


Amazon today announced it has acquired the global television rights to The Lord of the Rings, based on the celebrated fantasy novels by J.R.R. Tolkien, with a multi-season commitment. 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.”

“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.

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PostRe: Amazon announce Lord of the Rings TV series, set before Fellowship
by Return_of_the_STAR » Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:22 pm

I heard rumours of this last week. Interesting but I would have preferred it to have been set after Return of the King. Or set during the LOTR book timeline but new side stories that occasionally intertwined with the main storyline.

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PostRe: Amazon announce Lord of the Rings TV series, set before Fellowship
by Alvin Flummux » Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:24 pm

:dread:

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PostRe: Amazon announce Lord of the Rings TV series, set before Fellowship
by Peter Crisp » Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:26 pm

I'm quietly confident this could turn out to be decent.
I wonder if the filming will be done in New Zealand again as we could see the return of some classic locations.

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by Peter Crisp » Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:28 pm

Alvin Flummux wrote::dread:

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While I can see there's potential for disaster there's also potential for something great so surely it's worth at least watching it before declaring it dead?

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PostRe: Amazon announce Lord of the Rings TV series, set before Fellowship
by Alvin Flummux » Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:29 pm

I just don't see a need to mess any further with that universe. The Hobbit was enough.

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PostRe: Amazon announce Lord of the Rings TV series, set before Fellowship
by Return_of_the_STAR » Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:32 pm

It doesn’t bother me if it’s gooseberry fool. I don’t believe it’s supposed to be in the same continuity as the films so what’s the problem?

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by Lagamorph » Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:37 pm

Will it be as mind numbingly long and tediously boring as the films?

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by Tineash » Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:38 pm

Haha what a terribly painful idea.

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PostRe: Amazon announce Lord of the Rings TV series, set before Fellowship
by Ad7 » Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:06 pm

Lagamorph wrote:Will it be as mind numbingly long and tediously boring as the films?

You're on a roll at the moment.

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by Qikz » Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:13 pm

There's like no suspense with a prequal because you literally know the future.

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PostRe: Amazon announce Lord of the Rings TV series, set before Fellowship
by smurphy » Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:31 pm

I hope it's as good as The Hobbit trilogy.

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by Lagamorph » Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:25 am

Ad7 wrote:
Lagamorph wrote:Will it be as mind numbingly long and tediously boring as the films?

You're on a roll at the moment.

The truth hurts.

Not as much as watching Lord of the Rings, but close.

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PostRe: Amazon announce Lord of the Rings TV series, set before Fellowship
by Karl » Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:28 am

Leave LOTR alone :x

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PostRe: Amazon announce Lord of the Rings TV series, set before Fellowship
by Squinty » Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:17 am

Lagamorph wrote:Will it be as mind numbingly long and tediously boring as the films?


GTFO :x

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PostRe: Amazon announce Lord of the Rings TV series, set before Fellowship
by Moggy » Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:00 am

This could be decent, I will reserve judgement until I actually see it.

Set before Fellowship is an interesting way of wording it. Does that mean it is after the Hobbit? There would be interesting things to explore there in places like Gondor, but I’d imagine they would want to show the Shire and I am not sure what interesting stories they could tell there in that timeframe. I am not really very interested in a Hobbit soap opera.

They don’t have the rights to the Silmarillion so they can’t really show the wars against Morgoth, but they should go way back before LoTR and show the rise and fall of Númenor, there must be enough stuff in LoTR and the appendixes to build a good story around that island and the events on the mainland with Sauron.

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by Saint of Killers » Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:06 am

Way too much fuckery, even by the excellent LotR films, has been done with the license for me to get upset by this. +1 wait and see. Though the quote about Bezos wanting his own Game of Thrones and them then signing this could be a pointer to what we're in for.

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PostRe: Amazon announce Lord of the Rings TV series, set before Fellowship
by Moggy » Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:13 am

Saint of Killers wrote:Though the quote about Bezos wanting his own Game of Thrones and them then signing this could be a pointer to what we're in for.


It's basically just going to be Hobbit porn then. :datass:

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PostRe: Amazon announce Lord of the Rings TV series, set before Fellowship
by Rex Kramer » Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:16 am

Is there anything in the Silmarillion about the fall of the 9 human ring bearers? That could make an interesting series.

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by Moggy » Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:22 am

Rex Kramer wrote:Is there anything in the Silmarillion about the fall of the 9 human ring bearers? That could make an interesting series.


It’s been a while since I read it, but I don’t think it goes into detail about them.

They can’t use the Silmarillion anyway, they are restricted to things/characters mentioned in the Hobbit and LoTR, they can’t use anything that is solely in the Sil as they don't have the rights.


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