– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Given the fact that HBO has become the home of the biggest franchises in the history of television (Game of Thrones), one would have expected that they would be the natural place for a new Lord of the Rings TV series to set up camp. As we know, however, that is not the case. Instead of HBO, Lord of the Rings ended up over on the less established platform, Amazon.

So what’s the reason why HBO didn’t even bid on the remake of the beloved JRR Tolkien books? It turns out they weren’t hungry to bring in another high fantasy series because they already have the narratively rich world of Westeros, as HBO CEO Richard Plepler said at Business Insider’s Ignition 2017 media conference on Wednesday.

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What’s more, in addition to the already-successful series, they already have several other spinoffs of the franchise in the works from veteran writers to the franchise and Game of Thrones author himself George R.R. Martin.

“I’d rather own our IP [intellectual property] 100%… and I’d rather have the ability to work with a product that is inextricably linked to our brand.”

Makes sense to us. Plus, when all said and done, the stories of Westeros are ones that have never before been realized on a big or small screen. Why take the risk on a property that’s already definitively been adapted?

Do you think it was smart of HBO not to bid on the property? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Variety

  • The Middle-Earth show whatever it ends up being, no doubt it has amazing potential IF they can adapt the deeper historical content.

    But I think it’s a smart move from HBO to stick with their own and perhaps even superior juggernaut.

    • Victor Roa

      “the middle earth show” in my head has a full house logo as it flies by the shire, dop ped doop ba da!

  • Aline

    So, the series is a remake of the films? And for what that for? The Silmarillion has plenty of stories to be dig it up.

    And while, some of the effects aged a little, Jackson’s films are still pretty good.

    • We done honestly know is the answer

      Previously we thought the Tolkien estate had always denied the rights to the Silmarillion. But we also hear they were involved in this deal in some way. It’s possible this could be something First Age, Second Age.

      I’ve been working on a piece to show readers what kind of content could be achieved with those rights. However it’s just so vast, I’ve not cracked it yet. I keep working though.

      • Aline

        Interesting. Good to know really.

  • Mad Barchetta

    “Why take the risk on a property that’s already definitively been adapted?” Because. from what I’ve read, the Amazon series will be focusing on stories OTHER than The Hobbit and LOTR. They will be mining territory not already adapted. So…same as HBO with their spinoffs.

  • Victor Roa

    You missed a key part of the article…. amazon paid 280 mil for Lord of the Rings series, HBO spends about 4 billion on their programs and the AT&T Merger being investigated.
    But yeah, it’s obvious they want the IP rights.

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.