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A New ‘Lord of the Rings’ Adaptation?

Okay. Let’s talk about the thing that Tolkien fans all over the world have been discussing since last night: the possibility of a new The Lord of the Rings adaptation. Whether you’re excited or not, you can’t deny that this could be big news for the Tolkien community.

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Last night Variety reported that the Tolkien Estate and Warner Bros. Television are in talks with Amazon to create a new series for LOTR. I know, I know, this news seemed to come out of nowhere! I’ve always wondered when and if there would be a new adaptation but this is much sooner than I thought it would happen.

Seeing as Peter Jackson’s films are so close to many of us and that it’s one of the biggest movie series of all time, it’s no surprise that a lot of fans are against this adaptation happening. We’re so used to seeing Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf, Elijah Wood as Frodo, and Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn, will it be easy for us to accept a new cast? Though I was too young to join in, I’m sure there were lots and lots of people expressing how skeptical they were of the idea of PJ adapting LOTR, but it’s been over a decade later and they’ve become so intertwined with the fandom! And we need to remember that nothing is set in stone yet.

“Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is said by sources with knowledge of the situation to be personally involved in the negotiations, which are still in very early stages. No deal has been set.”

Fans on social media have already taken to the idea that we might finally see Tom Bombadil if an adaptation were to actually happen. I admit that I’d love to finally “meet” Beregond, Glorfindel, Elladan and Elrohir but I’m probably getting ahead of myself. Many also expressed their want for a series focusing instead on Tolkien’s other works such as The Silmarillion or Unfinished Tales, but seeing as the Tolkien Estate hasn’t released the rights, I don’t think we’d be seeing adaptations for those any time soon.

I’m speaking only for myself here, but the idea of a new interpretation with new music, sets, cast, and costumes is kind of exciting. I love the LOTR cast, I was that person who would go on back in the day to hear each cast member welcome me to the site, but I’m not opposed to seeing new people play the characters. But as someone who has not watched any of Amazon’s original productions, I have no idea what to expect.

So, what are your thoughts?

Read Variety’s full article here.

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  1. My thoughts is no. NO NEW LOTR. IT IS FINE THE WAY IT IS.

  2. A scary thought for sure. And yes, it feels too soon! I’ve watched some of Amazon’s shows and haven’t been particularly impressed. At the same time, getting to “see” Middle-earth again is very exciting. If it does happen, let’s hope it’s done well!

  3. I’d rather see them redo The Hobbit. There are a few renditions already, and I don’t feel like Peter Jackson and crew got The Hobbit right. They did LOTR well, but really strayed on The Hobbit imho. But whatever. More Middle Earth is always fun.

  4. I love new explorations of Middle Earth. I would eagerly await this one. Hopefully, it has a budget that allows it to succeed. It may not get a Game of Thrones style treatment, and doesn’t need to, but it will be tough to follow Peter Jackson’s work. It does need to be done better than other 2nd-rate productions we’ve seen attempted by cable networks.

  5. I would be fine with satalite stories not the Lord of the rings main characters. Or maybe the life of Samwise, and his new wife after Frodo left. It could be new and exciting

  6. I always wished that Jackson would film the Scouring of the Shire–perhaps in a new iteration we could get Tom Bombadil and a complete version of LOTR. The story is not complete without the hobbits return to free their own country.