J.R.R. TolkienLatest News and Opinion
Posted Saturday 11/18/17 at 12:32AM EST
Enough with George R.R. Martin and J.R.R. Tolkien!
TV networks should look to other fantasy novel series if they want to find the next Game of Thrones.
Posted Thursday 11/16/17 at 12:56AM EST
Why Amazon’s Lord of the Rings TV series won’t be its Game of Thrones: “No one is remotely excited about the adaptation”
“It reeks of cynicism,” says Stuart Heritage, adding that the prequel will be based on “events so dull that (J.R.R.) Tolkien didn’t bother committing them to paper. Even if Amazon manages to claw a meaningful story out of this deliberate lull, there’s no guarantee it will be good.” He adds: “Even to the most enthusiastic Tolkien fan, it’s just another needless dilution of a work that exists best in print form.” ALSO: Lord of the Rings star John Rhys-Davies calls Amazon’s prequel “just a disgrace. I mean, poor Tolkien must be spinning in his grave.”
Posted Monday 11/13/17 at 2:17PM EST
Lord of the Rings TV series lands at Amazon with a multiple-season commitment
Amazon’s Lord of the Rings TV show, which includes the potential of spinoff series, will be produced with J.R.R. Tolkien's Estate and Trust, publisher HarperCollins and Warner Bros. Entertainment's New Line Cinema. “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, Amazon's new head of scripted programming, in a statement. Still, as James Hibberd points out, “there’s a catch, creatively speaking: The series will explore storylines set before the events in the first LOTR novel, The Fellowship of the Ring. In other words: The war to destroy the One Ring as chronicled in Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning trilogy of films will not be told in the TV version. So this story is either set before The Hobbit or in between The Hobbit and LOTR.” Also, Amazon didn’t name a writer/showrunner for the series. As The Shield creator Shawn Ryan notes: “Protip: When you see a network announce a big commitment to a new show with no writer/showrunner to guide vision, prepare for bumpy waters.”
Posted Saturday 11/04/17 at 1:58AM EDT
A Lord of the Rings TV series would come with “insane” costs: $200-$250 million for the rights, $100-$150 million per season
HBO passed a while back, according to Deadline, because of the “insane” financial costs, leaving Amazon and Netflix in the running for the potential J.R.R. Tolkien series. According to Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva, there is also concern that the Lord of the Rings TV rights “do not encompass all characters and are limited.” She adds that the $200-$250 million rights don’t include “costs for development, talent and production. It is a payment that has to be made sight unseen as there is no concept, and there are no creative auspices attached to the possible series.”
Posted Friday 11/03/17 at 10:34PM EDT
Lord of the Rings is poised to become a TV series
Amazon has emerged as a potential buyer, but a TV series based on the J.R.R. Tolkien novels is “far from official,” says The Hollywood Reporter, which adds: “Talks are said to be focusing on rights issues with the Tolkien estate; the project has yet to even go out to search for a potential writer.” Warner Bros. TV is in talks for the potential series four months after Warner Bros. and the Tolkien estate settled an $80 million lawsuit after a five-year battle over profits from the Lord of the Rings film franchise.