By Creative Media Times
The epic stories of “The Lord of The Rings,” which was famously adapted into films by Peter Jackson, is about to rule them all in the form of TV series. According to a recent Variety article, Warner Bros. Television is “in talks” with Amazon Studios to develop J.R.R. Tolkien’s monumental fantasy novels into TV series.
Though no concrete deal was mentioned, the article stated that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos himself is personally involved in negotiations. Many compare the potential deal to another blockbuster fantasy series Game of Thrones on HBO. According the Deadline‘s coverage of the story, HBO and Netflix were also once approached by J.R.R. Tolkien’s estate for the series rights to the tune of $200 – $250 million.
Jackson’s ambitious adaptation of the trilogy was a global phenomenon which began in 2001 with “Fellowship of the Ring,” followed by The Two Towers in 2002, culminating in the billion dollar grossing The Return of the King which also won 11 Academy Awards including Best Picture. To this date, Jackson’s towering achievement remains the benchmark for other subsequent fantasy adventure movies.
There’s definite reason for fans to get excited. If the deal does materialize, the TV series could be an interesting medium to flesh out many characters and moments in the book that were either reduced or left out of the movies.