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The Tolkien estate allegedly rejected bringing Peter Jackson into Amazon’s LOTR show

The Tolkien estate allegedly rejected bringing Peter Jackson into Amazon's LOTR show

Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson
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Hobbit drama news alert: Peter Jackson says he’s been getting some decidedly mixed messages about possible Amazon involvement Lord of the Rings show, Power rings, In recent years. This is per THRwho reports on a recent podcast conversation it had with the Lord of the Rings filmmaker, revealing that Amazon had originally contacted him about possible involvement in his very expensive adjustment of the Tolkien canon – and then ghosted him.

Jackson: “They asked if I wanted to join[writer-producer Fran Walsh] and Iand I said, ‘That’s an impossible question to answer without seeing a script. So they said, ‘As soon as we have the first few scripts, we’ll send them to you.’ And the scripts never showed up. That’s the last I heard.” Just to be clear, Jackson – expressing pleasure at the idea of ​​approaching the show as a “totally neutral viewer””—didn’t sound upset about how things were getting out of hand: “Whihi is fine. No complaints at all.”

What’s most interesting here, though, is how this over-face seems to have happened on Amazon’s side: Wreached them for comment by THRthe company issued a statement that “IWhen we were pursuing the rights to our show, we were obligated to keep the series separate and separate from the movies.” (Warner Bros. owns the rights to the Jackson movies, so Amazon can’t use elements created in them.) They added that “We have the utmost respect for Peter Jackson and The Lord of the Rings movies and are overjoyed that he is looking forward to them The rings of power.”

But THR also cites “sources close to the project” who paint a messier story, noting that series showrunners JD Payne and Patrick McKay, and former Amazon executive Sharon Tal Yguado (who left the company in 2019) were both interested in enticing Jackson into some degree of collaboration. Amazon’s lawyers were apparently against the idea (for the reasons mentioned above). But also Tolkien’s legacy, whose chief representative, JRR Tolkien’s son and literary executor, Christopher Tolkien, has expressed his distaste for Jackson’s films in the past. (“Commercialization has reduced the aesthetic and philosophical impact of the creation to nothing,Tolkien said in an interview in 2012.Amazon paid the estate some $250 million for the rights to its series — and, of course, for the semblance of legitimacy of their support for Rings of Power would grant. So when they were “against” Jackson on board,” according to the same unnamed sources, it’s not hard to see that it was a pretty decisive vote that set the kibosh on plans to try and bring Jackson into the fold.

that of Amazon Power rings debuts on September 2.