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THE LORD OF THE RINGS (Amazon Prime Series)

post #1 of 84
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Amazon is looking for this to be their GAME OF THRONES.

 

http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/lord-of-the-rings-amazon-1202606519/

post #2 of 84
Yeah, no thanks. Movies are all we need.
Just give Peter Jackson a double GOT level budget and have him make a Silmarillion tv adaptation
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Why couldn't they adapt the ELRIC series instead? Now that would make for an awesome show.

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Goddammit, Amazon, the Silmarillion is right there. It even has dragons!

 

And like I said in the other thread, there are perhaps adaptation choices you can improve, design elements you can possibly do differently, characters you can rework (I'll cite one of each - keeping in the moment in TTT where Gollum almost turns back into a hobbit above Minas Morgul; the skies over Mordor; Faramir), but no fucking way you top what Howard Shore brought to the project. I don't care if you get Ramin Djawadi (and he's probably the top of their list), Shore's LOTR score is the great achievement in film scoring in the 21st century. Even the one-off incidental bits are richer than 90% of film scores in their entirety.

post #5 of 84
We really need to see even more hours of Lord of the Rings?
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FINALLY
 

post #7 of 84

No.

 

Piss off, Amazon. 

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FINALLY
 

For that reason specifically, fuck this.  

post #9 of 84

Ugh. It's not like there's a dearth of fantasy books.

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For that reason specifically, fuck this.
I mean, I'm one of the people who was sitting in the theater in 2001 going "okay, great, but where the hell was Tom Bombadil?" And I still don't think it's a good idea for the modern entertainment industry to try tackling that.
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Ugh. It's not like there's a dearth of fantasy books.

If they want Tolkien so bad just do The Wheel of Time.  That's like 20 seasons of TV right there if people dig it enough.  

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If they want Tolkien so bad just do The Wheel of Time.  That's like 20 seasons of TV right there if people dig it enough.  

 

GAH. I will never read that series again. Once was enough. Dion't need a TV show of that in my life ever.

post #13 of 84

I honestly can't even finish the very first book.  

 

It's SUUUUUUUUUUUUCH a Tolkien clone.  

post #14 of 84

It is but then it gets more more cosmically weird and then it's all about Rand's lady problems plus some epic battles. The end.

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Some day when the Stormlight Archive is complete it is my goal to see that thing made into a show.  It would be amazing.  

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Wait, so this would be another adaptation of THE LORD OF THE RINGS, and not just a series set in Middle Earth?

 

Seems both unnecessary and a waste of time/resources/talent.

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Some day when the Stormlight Archive is complete it is my goal to see that thing made into a show.  It would be amazing.  

 

Why bother when they can remake Harry Potter?

post #18 of 84

I remember earlier in the year the talk that Amazon wanted to find a Game of Thrones style series.


If you're going to do LOTR, you might as well just remake Game of Thrones immediately after season 8 ends.

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FINALLY
 

 

This is quality humor.

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I remember earlier in the year the talk that Amazon wanted to find a Game of Thrones style series.


If you're going to do LOTR, you might as well just remake Game of Thrones immediately after season 8 ends.

But who would play Daenerys?
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But who would play Daenerys?

 

Emilia Clarke.  Duh.

 

Why would Bezos want a different cast?  He just wants his own Game of Thrones.  There's already a perfectly good one to buy!

post #23 of 84
Bezos, you have all the money in the world, and you want a GOT series that mixes fantasy, violence and sex.

Just buy the rights to Warhammer 40K and make a Horus Heresy series.

Also, how about a big budget, AHS style series based on Lovecraftian literature? Each season an adaptation of a story, but all of them building up the myths and world.
You can do Mountains of Madness, Dunwich Horror, Call of Cthulhu, shadow over Insmouth and so on.

There’s also Black Company, Book of the New Sun, Elric and more.
Makes something we haven’t seen before.
post #24 of 84

Holy shit. You mean this is actually an actual thing?

post #25 of 84
We'll see. I kind of can't wrap my head around the notion. Seems very high risk, low reward. Who could possibly replace Ian McKellen, for example?

It does indicate that Amazon is willing to spend an enormous amount of money in the coming Streaming Wars. And also that they maybe don't have a great idea of what they're doing.
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I thought Black Company was in the works.

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Originally Posted by Arjen Rudd View Post

Seems very high risk, low reward. 

The problem is they think it's the exact opposite.  

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I thought Black Company was in the works.
It is, but I think it’s a David Goyer joint so my hopes aren’t high.
post #29 of 84
I'd rather watch the Lindelof Watchmen series than this. What a monumentally dumb idea.

If there was a reason to do it, it would be to reach for a completely different tone. Go for the poetic lyrical relaxed vibe, strip out all the Hollywood blockbuster influences of Jackson's trilogy. Go classy BBC with the cast, no Liv Tylers or Free Willys to jank things up. Treat it like something that general audiences don't need to be sold on, since everyone already knows what it is.

The hows and the whys of the practicalities are boggling my mind. State of the art CGI of the early 2000s basically looks the same as high budget TV of today, plus or minus a few polygons. Subtract the time and budget strains of TV from 15 years of tech advances, and you end up back where you started.

The more I think about this, the more my brain hurts. I can't go through the whole Gollum thing again with another actor. I just can't. It'll be like The Amazing Spider-Man...wait a sec. Jaime Foxx as Gollum?? Hans Zimmer rapping his internal monologue?? Now we're getting somewhere.
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Bezos, you have all the money in the world, and you want a GOT series that mixes fantasy, violence and sex.

Just buy the rights to Warhammer 40K and make a Horus Heresy series.
 

Oh yes, this. 

 

I got a bit of a boner just thinking about it. 

post #31 of 84

We had this conversation fairly recently, but I'll reiterate that if you want a sexy violent fantasy series, Dragon Age is rife with potential.  You have a ready made world and cast of characters, but (by design) only the barest bones of a plot canon to hew to.  

post #32 of 84

One of these days I will get my Dragonlance Chronicles tv show.

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Just buy the rights to Warhammer 40K and make a Horus Heresy series.
 

 

Slightly related but you should check this out. Some dude's been animating the Helsreach (my favourite BL novel) audiobook and putting it up on Youtube. 

 

Probably the closest we'll get to an actual series:

 

 

post #34 of 84
Elric series starting Cillian Murphy or I boycott.
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Lord of the Rings Series Lands at Amazon With Multi-Season Commitment Plus a Potential Spinoff


 

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Amazon announced on Monday that it has acquired the global TV rights to J.R.R. Tolkien’s celebrated The Lord of the Rings fantasy novels, with a multi-season commitment that includes the potential for an additional spin-off series.

 

News of the potential acquisition first swirled on Nov. 3, in the wake of Amazon expressing a desire to land its own “Game of Thrones.”

 

The Amazon Prime Original — which will explore new storylines preceding Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring — will be produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema (a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment).

 

The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen,” Amazon scripted chief Sharon Tal Yguado said in a statement. “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.”

 

“We are delighted that Amazon, with its longstanding commitment to literature, is the home of the first-ever multi-season television series for The Lord of the Rings,” said a representative for the Tolkien Estate and Trust and HarperCollins. “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.”

post #36 of 84
New storylines? The continuing adventures of Samwise Gamgee and his Family.
post #37 of 84
Maybe they’ll take a lead from Game or Thrones and follow a prostitute in the Shire or something. Get that sweet sexposition in.
post #38 of 84

This will end about as well as Bilbo stealing the Arkenstone did.

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post #40 of 84

This is dumb.

post #41 of 84

Fuck it. Do a Shadows Of Mordor and have it set in the margins of the main story about new people facing new threats.  (Resists the urge to make a lootbox joke.)

post #42 of 84
One of these days a streaming service will take a chance on Mass Effect. Star Trek Discovery seems to share more DNA with that property than its own license anyway.
post #43 of 84

No writers, no showrunners, just a shitload of cash and a vague command of "Somethingsomething Game of Thrones."

Dear Corporate Powers That Be,

 

Vision, quality writing and basic showrunning competence are important aspects of a TV show.

 

Your pal,
Mangy

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No writers, no showrunners, just a shitload of cash and a vague command of "Somethingsomething Game of Thrones."

Dear Corporate Powers That Be,

Vision, quality writing and basic showrunning competence are important aspects of a TV show.

Your pal,

Mangy

Ehhh, The Walking Dead was once the most popular show on television, so maybe a known IP is all you need.
post #45 of 84

Two things that might make me interested in this: Noah Hawley as showrunner or Bryan Fuller as showrunner.

 

Any other showrunner and it's doomed to fail.

post #46 of 84

Only thing that will get me interested:

 

Blind Guardian doing the soundtrack for every single episode. 

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Only thing that will get me interested:

 

Blind Guardian doing the soundtrack for every single episode. 

 

Amazon execs "What's a Blind Guardian? Just get Brian Tyler to rip off Howard Shore instead."

post #48 of 84
I can’t wait to find out what Sam’s old Gaffer was really like.
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One of these days I will get my Dragonlance Chronicles tv show.

Wizards of the Coast must be asking for some serious money for the rights cause I have no idea why that isn’t in development. It would make a great TV show, especially if they get professional writers to work on it.
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Ehhh, The Walking Dead was once the most popular show on television, so maybe a known IP is all you need.

Plenty of things that make money suck.

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