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Lord of the Rings TV series coming to Amazon

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This could be very interesting, I'd give it a chance! 

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Since they said the series will precede LotR, but made no mention of The Hobbit, I assume it's going to fill in the 60 year gap between the two stories. The problem with that is that there isn't enough action in there for multiple TV seasons. Sure, there's the (temporary) retaking of Moria, but outside of that, there's no epic battles, which is what people will want to see. The show's writers are going to have their hands full trying to turn minor skirmishes into huge battles.

When I first heard of these rumors last week, I was hoping that Amazon would make a TV series out of The Silmarillion. That book is teeming with wars, lust, tragedy, political intrigue, betrayal, dragons (yes, plural), balrogs (again, plural), and catastrophes. It's an epic that could go toe-to-toe with Game of Thrones, which is what Amazon wants. Alas.

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Alright!  Weekly sessions of watching people walking and talking forever while making weird faces into the camera in slow motion footage is something I truly look forward to!

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9 hours ago, TheLoneWolf said:

Since they said the series will precede LotR, but made no mention of The Hobbit, I assume it's going to fill in the 60 year gap between the two stories. The problem with that is that there isn't enough action in there for multiple TV seasons. Sure, there's the (temporary) retaking of Moria, but outside of that, there's no epic battles, which is what people will want to see. The show's writers are going to have their hands full trying to turn minor skirmishes into huge battles.

When I first heard of these rumors last week, I was hoping that Amazon would make a TV series out of The Silmarillion. That book is teeming with wars, lust, tragedy, political intrigue, betrayal, dragons (yes, plural), balrogs (again, plural), and catastrophes. It's an epic that could go toe-to-toe with Game of Thrones, which is what Amazon wants. Alas.

Pretty sure I read in another article that this series precedes the Hobbit as well....since this series is being done wirh the apparent blessings of the Tolkien Estate....and it is being sold as a prequel....pretty sure it will be relying on content from The Silmarillion.

I hope the showrunners are able to capture the feel of Peter Jackson's LOTR.....I am thinking that is the target audience's expectation...

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Another big question is where will it be filmed? If they want to retain the Peter Jackson look the series must be filmed in New Zealand with WETA doing the effects. I visited the WETA Cave in Wellington, NZ back in April 2011. It was small but very cool though it's probably grown since. Here is a couple of photos we took inside.

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8 hours ago, jvmacross said:

I hope the showrunners are able to capture the feel of Peter Jackson's LOTR GoT.....I am thinking that is the target audience's expectation...

Dude, LOTR is so early 21st century...

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There is more than one fantasy book series out there. You'd think Amazon of all people would know that. 

 

Pass.

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They do, and they also know which one has the most name recognition, by an incredible margin too.

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While I realize that, I would think that Amazon would take advantage of the post Game of Thrones audiences and tap into something that hasn't been touched before. Regardless of what people think about Tolkien's adaptations, they've been done before, and I for one am tired or re-visiting the same old material. They were headed in the right direction with Man in the High Castle (in regards to new IP's to explore), but have been regressing lately. I wold personally rather see Sanderson's or even Goodkind's works turned into a series, rather than ANOTHER Tolkien story. Tolkien is like the Rolex of watches or Ferrari of cars. Yeah, they have name recognition, but there are better out there. Falling back on Tolkien show little imagination and shortsightedness, and tells me that they want to exploit the already built in audience to maximize profits. 

Thank god Netflix is doing The Witcher. 

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Since the lore is rich with history, And the Estate is involved. I can see this moving quite well into territory yet unseen that doesnt exactly have to tie in with the LOTR.

Either way, From what I hear so far,I'm in for it. 

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On 11/14/2017 at 8:58 AM, jvmacross said:

Pretty sure I read in another article that this series precedes the Hobbit as well....since this series is being done wirh the apparent blessings of the Tolkien Estate....and it is being sold as a prequel....pretty sure it will be relying on content from The Silmarillion.

If that ends up being true, this series is going to be a must-watch. :D

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Count me in as very interested to see where this goes. I'm a huge fan of the books (though never finished Silmarillion), a big fan of the LOTR movie trilogy, and somewhat a fan of the Hobbit movie trilogy. My concern would be how much liberty they take in relation to source material. If they invent stories that are Tolkien-esque but aren't as faithful to his actual writings, I'll lose interest pretty quickly.

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1 hour ago, TangledThorns said:

I don't think you can compare LOTR to GoT. One has orcs and elves, the other has wieners and boobies :D

I'm sure that they'll find a way to put wieners and boobies into this too...

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Lord I hope not. 

Why couldn’t they have done Dragonlance?

If Tolkien is the Rolex and Ferrari of fantasy fiction, well, those are two excellent brands to be associated with. Are there better watches? Yeah, but Rolex is still truly excellent. Are there better cars? Umf... nnnno. 

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On 11/15/2017 at 6:16 AM, Phobos said:

There is more than one fantasy book series out there. You'd think Amazon of all people would know that. 

 

Pass.

Cough, still waiting for an Elric of Melnibone series of movies.

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On 11/14/2017 at 4:18 PM, Dynaman said:

They do, and they also know which one has the most name recognition, by an incredible margin too.

Well, yes, but Disney already bought Star Wars.

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