The next big-budget series, Amazon's The Lord of the Rings TV series, Rings of Power, is on the way to our screens next month. Many are eager to see if it live up to its predecessor, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but Peter Jackson, the man who directed them both, has revealed how close he has with the new big-budget series.
Jackson claims to have been contacted by Amazon for his input into the new series, and he was also anticipated to receive scripts for the project but they never did contact him again after that. That's the last thing I heard, though. No complaints.
Amazon Studios, the makers of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, have responded to Jacksons suggestions:
"We were required to keep the series separate from the films," according to a statement sent to The Hollywood Reporter. "We have the greatest respect for Peter Jackson and the films from 'The Lord of the Rings," and we are gratified that he is looking forward to seeing 'The Rings of Power."
The reason for the disconnect in communication with Warner Bros. was presumably to avoid any sort of conflict, so the new series is not seen as a prequel to Oscar-winning films, according to Jackson, who stated that he does not wish the series to be ill-fated.
Im not the type of person who wishes for bad fortune. Filmmaking is hard enough. If someone makes a good film or television program, it's something to celebrate. The one thing I'm looking forward to is seeing it as a perfectly neutral observer.
The epic cast of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power includes Charlie Vickers, Markella Kavenagh, Tyroe Muhafidin, Owain Arthur, Sir Lenny Henry, Ema Horvath, Megan Richards, Leon Wadham, Daniel Weyman, and Sara Zwangobani.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is released on September 2.