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Huh. Amazon could be bringing us a Lord of the Rings TV series…

November 4th, 2017 by Marc Comments

Huh.. we didn’t really see this coming.

The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies are still pretty much modern movies and hold up (mostly) pretty well today, so we didn’t expect them to become a TV series anytime soon. And yet, here we are…

It seems that Warner Bros Television and the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien are in talks with Amazon Studios to create a Lord of the Rings series with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos personally involved.

It seems that the Tolkien estate has been trying to get the series up and running and Amazon has become the favourite to bring it to life on the small screen.

The pursuit of “The Lord of the Rings” is in line with a new programming mandate dictated this year by Bezos, who, months before Price departed, ordered him to shift Amazon Studios away from niche, naturalistic series such as “Transparent” and “Mozart in the Jungle” and toward large-scale genre programming with potential for broad international appeal. As part of that shift, Amazon canceled two series, “Z: The Beginning of Everything” and “The Last Tycoon,” and began shifting resources away from Lewis’ development team and to a unit led by event-series exec Sharon Tal Yguado. With Lewis’ departure, Tal Yguado was named head of scripted series, reporting to Price’s interim replacement, Amazon Studios COO Albert Cheng.

The details are scare at the minute and while it looks like this could include the whole Rings saga however, we at FTN reckon that the movies could be left as a standalone part of the story and the series could focus on other adventures in Middle Earth based around The Silmarillion for example.

However, we reckon that amazon are shooting for Game of Thrones type success here with a massive, sprawling universe.

What do you all think? Is it time for a new take on Middle Earth or is it still too soon?

Let us know your thoughts…

Source: Variety

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….