Peter Jackson Seems to Be Considering Being Involved with Amazon's LORD OF THE RINGS Series
The last we heard regarding Peter Jackson’s involvement with Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series was that he was not going to be a part of it and that he looking forward to relaxing and enjoying it as a fan. He previously explained:
"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."
Well, it sounds like he will be involved with the project, at least a little bit. When recently asked about what he thought of the series, he said:
“I don’t have thoughts on it because I haven’t seen [anything]. I think they’re going to send us some scripts to see if we can help them along. I wish them all the best and if we can help them we certainly will try. ‘It’s a big task.”
So, it sounds like his involvement with the project will all depend on the scripts that they send him. He’s open to taking the time to read them and if they inspire him to help out then he’ll help out. If not, then he’ll just go back to working on whatever other projects that he has cooking.
I’m a big fan of Jackson, I love what he did with the original Lord of the Rings trilogy, but personally I would much rather him focus his attention on new film projects. I’d like to see him direct new and original film projects.
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’m excited about this series, and it will be interesting to see a different vision of Tolkien’s world brought to life.
Would you like to see Jackson get involved with the project?