The Director of The Lord of the Rings Peter Jackson is not involved in Amazon's upcoming series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, and now we know why: They straight-up ghosted him.
Jackson said during the The Hollywood Reporters Awards Chatter podcast that both he and Fran Walsh (who co-wrote and co-produced the LOTR trilogy) were asked if they wanted to be a part of the program.
On the podcast, I said, Thats an impossible question to answer without seeing a script. But after receiving the first few scripts, Jackson says they never showed up.
The last thing I heard was an excellent point, according to him, assuring there was no resentment towards the program. No complaints whatsoever.
Amazon issued a statement to The Hollywood Reporter rebutting Jackson's remarks, saying, "We were required to keep the series separate and separate from the films." We have the highest respect for Peter Jackson and the Lord of the Rings films, and we're particularly excited that he'll enjoy seeing The Rings of Power.
The R.R. Tolkien fantasy epics Second Age will premiere on Friday, September 2, and will cover major events, including Saurons' ascension to power; the creation of the Three Rings of Power, which the Dark Lord secretly controlled with his master ring (aka the One Ring to Rule them All); and the Last Alliance of Elves and Men, a final stand against Aragorn (depicted in Jacksons Fellowship of the Ring).
J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay will direct, along with Lindsey Weber, Callum Greene, Belen Atienza, Justin Doble, Gennifer Hutchison, Bruce Richmond, and Sharon Tal Yguado, while Ron Ames and Christopher Newman will serve as producers.
Howard Shore, the composer of Lord of the Rings, will compose the main theme, while Bear McCreary will compose the entire series.