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– 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

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.