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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 Friday 10/06/17 at 4:37PM EDT
Amazon is struggling to gain a TV foothold: It’s “a bit of a gong show,” says David E. Kelley
Despite acclaimed series like Transparent, Amazon is “struggling to define a new strategy,” according to The Wall Street Journal. The newspaper quotes Kelley, whose HBO series Big Little Lies Amazon wasn’t even interested in bidding on, as describing the studio as "a bit of a gong show." And The Shield creator Shawn Ryan, whose Amazon show Mad Dogs was canceled, described the company as being entirely in "chaos” and not “artist friendly.” There is also the allegation that the top executives at Amazon Studios are using their positions to get work for their significant others. Still, Amazon has recently signed top TV talent, including Mad Men’s Matthew Weiner, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and Gilmore Girls’ Any Sherman-Palladino.