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The Lord of the Rings - Amazon TV Series in the works?

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Hoo, boy.  I've been wondering how long it would take for this idea to take root somewhere...

Variety:

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Warner Bros. Television and the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien are in talks with Amazon Studiosto develop a series based on the late author’s “The Lord of the Rings” novels. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is said by sources with knowledge of the situation to be personally involved in the negotiations, which are still in very early stages. No deal has been set.

The studio and the Tolkien estate have been shopping a series based on the classic fantasy novels and their assortment of hobbits, wizards, and warriors, sparking a competitive situation from which Amazon has emerged as the frontrunner. Representatives for Amazon and Warner Bros. declined to comment.

 

 

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Links to our threads on the theatrical versions of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Aug-Sep 2003), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Sep 2003 - Dec 2012) and the trilogy as a whole (Dec 2003 - present).

Links to our threads on the extended editions of The Fellowship of the Ring (Aug 2003 - Jan 2012), The Two Towers (Nov-Dec 2003), The Return of the King (Mar 2004 - Dec 2015) and the trilogy as a whole (Feb 2005 - Jun 2006), plus our threads-with-polls on which extended editions are our favorites (Dec 2004) and which extended editions we would rank first (Dec 2004 - Apr 2015).

Link to our thread on the "limited edition" DVDs (Jun-Nov 2006).

Links to our threads on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Jul 2004 - present), The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (May 2011 - Dec 2014) and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Jul 2012 - Aug 2015).

Links to our more thematic threads on 'Religious imagery in LotR page to screen' (Aug 2003), 'GANDALF THE GrAY' (Oct 2003 - Oct 2009), 'God in Lord of the Rings type books' (Nov 2003 - Apr 2004), 'anyone got a LOTR electronic press kit / lots of photos?' (Dec 2003), 'McKellen: No Source of Morality in Hobbiton?' (Dec 2003), 'Re-reading LOTR in light of the films, Who do you see in your mind?' (Nov 2005), 'Favorite lines: LOTR & Narnia books, nominate yours! (Nov-Dec 2005).

Links to our threads on spin-offs and spoofs like 'Howard Shore conducts LOTR symphony!' (Jul 2004) and 'Lord of the Rings by George Lucas' (Oct 2006).

Links to our 'Literature' threads on 'Lord of the Rings: Real Tales' (Aug 2003) and 'The Hobbit - Illustrated by Maurice Sendak' (Mar 2011).

Links to our threads on such technically unrelated projects as the animated versions of The Hobbit (1966) and The Lord of the Rings (1978), the documentary Ringers: Lord Of The Fans (2005) and the stage production The Lord of the Rings: The Musical (2006-2007).

Links to our threads on the in-development biopics Middle Earth, Tolkien and  Tolkien & Lewis.

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NBooth   

I burned out on Lord of the Rings a while ago, so I don't have a dog in this fight. But given the ubiquity of the movies (there's still media being produced based on the films' aesthetic!), they're going to have a long row to hoe if they want this series to be judged on its own merits.

OTOH, reviving or reworking a movie barely a decade after its release is nothing new. I recall that The Third Man ran as a TV series exactly ten years after the iconic Orson Welles film. So this isn't unprecedented. 

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NBooth wrote:
: But given the ubiquity of the movies (there's still media being produced based on the films' aesthetic!),

Well, the last Hobbit prequel came out only three years ago! (And the extended edition more recently than that!) The big-screen version of the franchise is still very, very current, on that level.

: OTOH, reviving or reworking a movie barely a decade after its release is nothing new. I recall that The Third Man ran as a TV series exactly ten years after the iconic Orson Welles film. So this isn't unprecedented. 

That was a *very* different era, though, in terms of how TV was perceived relative to film. (There was apparently a Casablanca TV series in 1955, too, just eleven years after the film won an Oscar for Best Picture.)

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