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Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 2:37PM EDT
Amazon's expects its Lord of the Rings series to premiere in 2021
New Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke is aiming to go into production in 2020 with a 2021 for the Lord of the Rings TV series. "2021 is the hope. But there are other people who wish it was 2020," she tells The Hollywoood Reporter. Salke also says the showrunner search is on whether or not Peter Jackson is involved. Still, despite what Jackson said recently about not being involved, Salke is hopeful that he'll be part of the show in some capacity. "We're in conversations with him that I think are very amicable about how much involvement he wants and what kind," she told The Hollywood Reporter. "We haven't figured out exactly what that is yet. He may say he is involved or he's not involved. We're still very much in conversation with him about what kind of involvement he would propose." There is also the possibility that the prequel series may shoot in New Zealand, where Jackson filmed The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. Salke also clarified that Amazon is only working on one Lord of the Rings series. “One. At the moment, one big series," she said. Meanwhile, Salke told Variety the prequel "is 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.”
Posted Wednesday 6/06/18 at 1:56PM EDT
Peter Jackson says he won't be involved with Amazon's Lord of the Rings prequel series "at all"
The Lord of the Rings franchise director's attorney Peter Nelson said in April that he helped start a dialogue between Amazon and the Oscar-winning director. But Jackson has now made it clear that he'll have nothing to do with the Amazon prequel series, which will reportedly follow the adventures of a young Aragorn. "I’m not involved at all in the Lord of the Rings series,” Jackson told French outlet Allocine. “I understand how my name could come up, but there is nothing happening with me on this project.”
Posted Thursday 4/05/18 at 6:37PM EDT
Amazon is trying to get Peter Jackson involved in The Lord of the Rings prequel, which has a five-season commitment
Amazon has two years to begin production on the expensive prequel -- which could cost more than $1 billion -- or else the rights will revert back to the J.R.R. Tolkien estate, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Peter Jackson's attorney, Peter Nelson, has recently helped start a dialogue between the filmmaker and Amazon. "It's very much a creature of the times," Nelson says of the Amazon deal. "We are in an era where streamers are bidding up the price of programming. I think Amazon is taking a page out of the studios' emphasis on franchises. They also are realizing that with the overproduction of television, you need to get the eyeballs to the screen, and you can do that with franchise titles."
Posted Tuesday 11/14/17 at 6:04AM EST
Why Amazon is smart to spend an “insane” amount of money on a Lord of the Rings TV series
“One might think that six Tolkien films and seven Game of Thrones seasons is fantasy overkill,” Derek Thompson says of the hundreds of millions Amazon is shelling out to bring the J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy book series to the small screen. “But the single most important media-industry lesson of the 21st century might be this: Overkill is underrated. Consider Disney’s endless Marvel franchise, which is now on its 17th(!) film. The franchise has earned $13.3 billion for the company and shows few signs of slowing down, relative to the competition. Two of the franchise’s most recent installments, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Thor: Ragnarok, are respectively the second and fourth biggest opening weekends of 2017.”
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