It has been a couple years now since everyone learned that Amazon acquired the rights to use the Lord of the Rings license to make a TV adaptation of the the beloved franchise. Aside from the speculation, things have been relatively quite about the series. However with the completion of the Game of Thrones, fantasy fans are reaching out to see what is next to start enjoying.
Part of the issues that seem to be plaguing the fantasy TV adaption sphere right now is the sheer amount of new series that are on their way in an attempt for companies to get their piece of the pie now that HBO has wrapped on their staple series. Some series even have a strong head start banking on getting viewers during the window of time where there is not much out there like Netflix’s the Witcher series. See more about the Witcher here
The Setting of Lord of the Rings Adaptation
Let’s dive in. According to amazon in a tweet from march 7th 2019, the series is to take place in the second age in Middle Earth. this takes place roughly 3-4 thousand years before the extremely well known Lord of the Rings Trilogy that has already been adapted to film by director Peter Jackson. We will have to wait a little longer to find out more about what the story is going to be about. Be sure to follow their official twitter account to keep yourself up to date on the series as well.
Where Will The Lord of the Rings Series Be Filmed?
Anyone familiar with the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies probably is aware that New Zealand has been a heavy shooting location for most on site locations. There has been some recent back and forth about filming locations. There appears to be some high level discussions about securing the rights to film more Lord of the Rings there, see RNZ’s article to learn more about that.
Who Will Be Directing Amazon’s Lord of the Rings?
According to deadline.com
“Amazon Studios’ high-profile The Lord of the Rings TV series has made a key hire. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom director Juan Antonio (J.A.) Bayona has been tapped to direct the first two episodes of the big-scope fantasy drama, following in the footsteps of Peter Jackson, who directed the feature adaptations of the classic J.R.R. Tolkien novels.”
You can check out their full article on this news by clicking here.
It will be good to see some new directors visions of the license after a very Peter Jackson dominated era of Lord of the Rings. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know!
Unfortunately we do not have much more than that right now for this series. Be sure to check back here for updates for this series in the future. Once these adaptations begin to pick up steam I am sure we will start to get a flood of new information.