– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Recently it was announced Amazon would be producing and streaming a brand new Lord of the Rings television series. This is in spite of the fact that the classic film trilogy hit theaters only 15 years ago (okay, I guess it wasn’t too recent), and still holds up today as a classic.

One actor from the original trilogy, Sean Astin, seems to think this was an inevitable move from the studio, and seemed all for a new take on the franchise. However, there’s one actor who doesn’t seem so pleased, and goes so far as to imply that author J.R.R. Tolkien wouldn’t be pleased, either.

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Speaking with Den of Geek, actor John Rhys-Davies said:

“Well, you know they have the money to do it. Why we quite need Lord Of The Rings as a TV series baffles me slightly, but I’m sure that [in all honesty I can’t make out the word here and don’t think it’s wise to make an educated guess] are so utterly un-principled and greedy for money for anything – I mean the extraordinary money they’re getting from online gambling and stuff like this, it’s just a disgrace. I mean, poor Tolkien must be spinning in his grave.”

Sadly, we have no idea who Rhys-Davies thinks is greedy, but the sentiment is still very much there. At the end of the day, this likely feels like nothing more than a cash grab to him. Given the quality of that original trilogy, this seems to be nothing more than an attempt to mine the franchise for more goal, despite there being little story left to tell.

However, to play devil’s advocate, that’s not to say that quality storytelling still can’t be derived from a familiar story. We’ll have to wait and see what Amazon is able to accomplish.

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SOURCE: Den of Geek

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  • Vito Luis

    They’ve said repeatedly it’ll be stories that took place before Lord Of The Rings. Nothing to get bent out of shape over, this is good news! There is a lot of really good material in the Silmarillion and the more recent release/appendices. I think you’ll all be eating your hat if they shoot the story of Turin or better yet the Dagor Bragollach

    • CrystalClearTruth

      they don’t have the rights. And never will. quit with the fake news

      • Kindofabigdeal

        People used to say that about MCU and Spiderman. If the first season is a hit who knows what does will open up.

      • Madcap2112

        The Tolkien Estate has the rights, and the Tolkien Estate is on board with this.

      • 2 Left Thumbs

        Didn’t they pay close to $250 million for the rights, and already get approved for 2 seasons? It’s happening dude.

        • CrystalClearTruth

          take some reading comprehension classes. there is a big difference between Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit and all the other books Tolkien wrote. They do not have the rights to the vast majority of this material.

          • 2 Left Thumbs

            Did anybody say that Amazon did have the rights to everything?

            Vito Luis said they are developing material outside of LotR and The Hobbit. I said the word is they paid around $250M for the rights to whatever it is they’re developing.

            You just inferred that we were talking about the entire history and lore of Middle Earth. Sounds like you might need the reading comprehension classes…

  • Victor Roa

    Well, he’s not wrong about any of that. In Stephen King’s It production we heard all about the director, the writing and even the effects crew working on the make up before release…… and now, all we hear is “MONEY!” Not show runner, not producer, not even an effect house going “Hey check out this orc design we are pitching for the Lord of the Rings TV Show.”

  • jonathing

    i am not a great fan of lotr but if the stories are good, production is good, actors are good why not give the fans more of this world plus money is the root of all evil in tv/films and books hey in most things in life

  • Games

    Obviously it is for money. But that doesn’t mean we should not get to revisit such a cool world. What do people think the Hobbit was? Or for that matter, LOTR’s. They were all for money. I want to see new stuff and this sounds like it will be new and interesting. As a fan this is great. never understood why people complain when you get more.

  • J-man The Great

    Heaven forbid someone make money, create jobs, and make many fans happy. Instead let’s all be doom and gloom about something that in the greater scheme of life is significantly insignificant…a TV show! Get some perspective there Johnny Boy!

  • TheOct8pus

    Of course Amazon is trying to make money and gain new subscribers. So is Netflix, HBO, Hulu etc etc….

  • Kindofabigdeal

    Meh, if they offered him a role of Gimli’s great great grand uncle he would take it if the money was right.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.