We’ve been talking about the upcoming Amazon Lord of the Rings series for some time now. Given the amount of text that’s been committed to the high-profile project, you’d think they were pretty far along — especially given how much money Amazon is set to drop on the project (A reported $250 million just for the rights to make it).
However, Deadline recently sat down with Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke, and in their discussion, things shifted over to the series, and from the sound of it, things only recently got set in place, so we have a long way to go before anything comes of it:
“Despite all the noise around Lord of the Rings, the deal only closed like a month ago. But in the meantime, I’ve sat with Simon Tolkien for a couple of hours, and (Amazon TV executive) Sharon (Tal Yguado) has spent tons of time with them. She had spent the last couple of months meeting anyone who had said, ‘I’m really passionate about it and I want to get in and talk about the show and what’s possible.’ I think you’ll see us honing in on a strategy in the next month, which might involve a group of writers. Clearly, there’ll be someone in charge, but it involves the estate and Peter Jackson, and there’s a lot of conversations.”
Wait, Peter Jackson? Didn’t we just hear from Jackson himself that he wasn’t at all involved in the show. Maybe he was just lying because conversations hadn’t been finalized yet?
“The Peter Jackson conversations, right now we’re right in the middle of them. It’s like, how much do you want to be involved, how little? I know there’s been some discussion, and he’s even said some things, but as far as I’m aware, the latest is that we’re just in a conversation with him about how much or how little he would be involved.”
So, the jury is still out on Jackson’s overall involvement. Personally, I hope he continues on with his own projects. As much as I loved his take on Middle-Earth, it’s gotten to the point where I’d be much happier to see a completely unique vision of the world. But what do you think? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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