A couple of weeks ago, we learned that Warner Bros. and Amazon were quietly working on a new Lord Of The Rings TV series. At the time, that was all the information we had to go on, but today The Wrap has revealed a few more details about what this series might look like, and they're interesting.
For one thing, The Wrap says Amazon has made a multi-season commitment to the series. Sharon Tal Yguado (Amazon Studios' Head of Scripted Series) adds the following:
“We are honored to be working with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line on this exciting collaboration for television and are thrilled to be taking The Lord of the Rings fans on a new epic journey in Middle Earth.”
Matt Galsor, representative for the Tolkien Estate and HarperCollins, adds:
“Sharon and the team at Amazon Studios have exceptional ideas to bring to the screen previously unexplored stories based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s original writings.”
"Unexplored stories" is an interesting choice of phrase here, but even more intriguing is The Wrap saying that Amazon's series will take place prior to Tolkien's Lord Of The Rings series. A prequel series, in other words, perhaps one that will fill in some of the blanks left by Peter Jackson's sprawling LOTR trilogy. If, like me, you've never gotten around to reading Tolkien's Middle-Earth material, you're probably surprised to learn that Jackson left any narrative stone unturned over the course of the LOTR and Hobbit franchises. Shows what you and I know.
What do you folks make of all this? Into it? Not so much? Burned out on Middle-Earth stuff? Sound off in the comments below.