Peter Jackson Explains Why He's Excited For Amazon's THE LORD OF THE RINGS Series
Peter Jackson isn’t really involved with the development of Amazon Studios’ series adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, and that’s one of the reasons why he’s so excited about it. This time around he will get to sit back, relax, and enjoy it as a fan.
Jackson explains that he’s not really protective of the series at all and tell CB:
"I'm kind of looking forward to it. I was a guy who didn't get to see the Lord of the Rings like everybody else because I had to make it, so I'm looking forward to seeing somebody else's take on the Tolkien world."
Yeah, it would have been nice to see Jackson be a part of it, but he already got to tell his story and it was an amazing cinematic experience! I still have yet to see a film that is as epic and amazing in scope as The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Jackson went on to talk about the differences between his Lord of the Rings films and his upcoming movie Mortal Engines:
"The world of Tolkien is set about 7,000 years in the past, this one is set about 3,000 years in the future. It's a time where society, there's no longer any countries, any more. There are cities, states on wheels. There are massive huge, they're called traction cities or predator cities. They roam around the world, consuming smaller towns. They literally eat them. So, it's a very different society."
"London is the biggest of these predator cities in the movies, it's got theaters and shops and cultures and fashions. It's quite a fun place to live. If you like consuming smaller towns, it's a perfect place to live."
Star Trek 4 writers JD Payne and Patrick McKay are currently writing the Lord of the Rings series. What we know about the series at this point is that it will explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring. This is what Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke had to say about the show:
"We are really excited to move right into the next phase of the development process, which is building the world. I think you can know that we’re not remaking the movies, but we’re also not starting from scratch. So, it’ll be characters you love.
"It’s not a remaking of the movies, and it’s not a whole new thing. It’s something in between. It’s not, ‘Oh, it’s Lord of the Rings but you don’t recognize anything in it,’ but it’s not totally familiar to you either. So it’s original."
It was also rumored that the series could focus on a young version of Aragorn, which is a concept that I love, and I hope that's the direction they take the series.
The character is the last Chieftain of the Dúnedain and a direct descendant through many generations of Isildur, the last High King of both Arnor and Gondor. Aragorn would become the greatest man of his time, leading the Men of the West against Sauron's forces, helping to destroy the One Ring, and reuniting the Kingdoms of Arnor and Gondor.
I seriously can’t wait to see what comes of this series!