I'm pretty stoked about The Lord of the Rings series that Amazon is developing so I'll soak up whatever information I can get! The last thing we heard was that Jackson would not really be involved, but he was helping put together a creative team to help them.
Amazon is currently on the hunt for a team of writers to bring the series to life. In preparation for developing the series, Variety reports the new head of Amazon, Jennifer Salke, spent three hours with J.R.R. Tolkien’s grandson, Simon Tolkien, to talk about Amazon’s plans for the franchise. Once they have a team together they will meet with the Tolkien estate to see how they would like to proceed. Salke explained:
"It’s a partnership. They have some lines in the play on this on strategy and on vision. The great news about that is that they’re actually really thoughtful and smart, as you would expect."
When talking about what this series will end up looking like Salke explained that it’s still too early to tell. But she did say:
"It’s not a remaking of the movies, and it’s not a whole new thing. It’s something in between. It’s not, ‘Oh, it’s Lord of the Rings but you don’t recognize anything in it,’ but it’s not totally familiar to you either. So it’s original."
It's certainly going to be interesting to see how this turns out! It was recently rumored that the series could focus on a young version of Aragorn, which would be incredible! I love that concept, and I hope that's the direction they take the series.
The character is the last Chieftain of the Dúnedain and a direct descendant through many generations of Isildur, the last High King of both Arnor and Gondor. Aragorn would become the greatest man of his time, leading the Men of the West against Sauron's forces, helping to destroy the One Ring, and reuniting the Kingdoms of Arnor and Gondor.
The series is expected to premiere sometime in 2021. There are plans for five seasons and they will be made on a budget of over $1 billion.
Are there any other aspect of Middle Earth that you'd like to see the series focus on?