Lord of the Rings Director Peter Jackson is not involved with Amazon’s upcoming series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Powerand now we know why: they haunted him directly.
Jackson recalled during The Hollywood Reporter‘s Awards Chatter podcast featuring both he and Fran Walsh (who is the LOTR trilogy) were asked if they wanted to be involved with the show.
“I said, ‘That’s an impossible question to answer without seeing a script,'” he explained in the podcast. But after being told the first few scripts would be sent, Jackson says they “never showed up.”
“That’s the last I heard, and that’s fine,” he added, assuring him there was no ill will towards the show. “No complaints at all.”
Amazon responded to Jackson’s comments via a statement to: The Hollywood Reporter which read: “In pursuit of the rights to our show, we were obligated to keep the series separate and separate from the movies. We have the utmost respect for Peter Jackson and Under the spell of the Ring movies and are overjoyed that he is looking forward to them The rings of power.”
Premiere Friday 2 September Rings of Power will cover key events from the JRR Tolkien fantasy epic Second Age, including Sauron’s rise to power; forging the Rings of Power, which the Dark Lord gave to humans, elves and dwarves and controlled in secret with his master ring (aka the One Ring to Rule Them All); the rise and fall of Númenor, the island of the people from which Aragorn descended; and the Last Alliance of Elves and Men, a final battle against Sauron (depicted in the prologue to Jackson’s The Society of the Ring).
Showrunners JD Payne and Patrick McKay will executive produce alongside Lindsey Weber, Callum Greene, Belén Atienza, Justin Doble, Jason Cahill, Gennifer Hutchison, Bruce Richmond and Sharon Tal Yguado, while Ron Ames and Christopher Newman will serve as producers.
In the meantime, Lord of the Rings composer Howard Shore will write the main theme and Bear McCreary will score the entire series.