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« on: April 09, 2018, 08:35:41 pm »

Details surrounding Amazon's Lord of the Rings series reveal themselves
4 days agoby: Steve Seigh

Not long ago, in a shire far, far away, we'd learned that Amazon's planned LORD OF THE RINGS series would cost the studio upward of $500 million to produce. Now, while that amount of coin would certainly pay for a fair bit of Gandalf's signature pipeweed, The Hollywood Reporter is now saying that the venture could cost Amazon over $1 billion, once all is said and done. It's also being reported that the series will consist of five seasons, though the planned spinoff shows could be introduced as a part of that number.

RELATED: Ian McKellen still wants to play Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings show

As preparations for the show ramp up, we've also learned via THR that Amazon now has two years to start production on the series, which could spell trouble for the endeavor, seeing as a show of this magnitude will undoubtedly require a fair amount of time to set up. It's also worth noting that the deal includes access to materials from New Line and Warner Bros., should Amazon feel the need to use anything from the films as well as the timeless series of novels. There's also the matter of Peter Jackson's involvement with the new series project, which up until this time still remains unclear. As the story goes, Jackson's attorney was not privy to the 2017 rights negotiations but in recent times has served as a go-between in the Amazon conversation on Jackson's behalf.

"It’s very much a creature of the times,” Nelson says of the Amazon deal. “We are in an era where streamers are bidding up the price of programming. I think Amazon is taking a page out of the studios’ emphasis on franchises. They also are realizing that with the overproduction of television, you need to get the eyeballs to the screen, and you can do that with franchise titles.”

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What do you think about all of this LORD OF THE RINGS business? Are there more stories to tell after Jackson's Director's Cut versions of the trilogy? Are you hoping that certain characters who were set aside for the films will appear as a part of the series? Are there any songs or fantasy locations you're looking forward to visiting on the small screen when Amazon's LORD OF THE RINGS series arrives? You know where the comments section is, so let's hear what you've got to say.


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Ian McKellen still wants to play Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings show
12.18.2017by: Matt Rooney




After six movies across 13 years and an Oscar nomination for playing the role, you’d think Sir Ian McKellen would be done playing Gandalf from the LORD OF THE RINGS series. At the very least he must be okay with passing on the role to someone else, right? Turns out the veteran thespian believes he has some more spellcasting left in him, and would probably say yes if asked to return to the world of Middle-earth.

While on the GRAHAM NORTON SHOW (via EW), McKellen was asked by the host if he was okay with Gandalf being played by another actor. This is given the fact that Amazon recently made a deal with the Tolkien estate to produce a new series of LORD OF THE RING TV shows, and McKellen responded by asking why they would need to replace him when he is still able to play the role himself:

    What do you mean, another Gandalf? I haven’t said yes because I haven’t been asked. But are you suggesting that someone else is going to play it? Gandalf is over 7000 years old, so I’m not too old.

McKellen may have just been jesting, but the actor has played the role so many times it’s not out of the question to assume he would come back for more. The development of the show is still in its early stages, so we don’t know the specifics, other than it will be a prequel to THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING.

I don’t know if the Amazon series will adapt the LORD OF THE RINGS stories in the same way Peter Jackson did for the movies, or if they will adapt other stories from the Tolkien world and just use LOTR as a banner. If it really does act as a prequel to FELLOWSHIP there may be room for Gandalf, and if that’s the case why not have McKellen return? He’s the best that will probably ever do it, so just keep letting him do it! At this point, I wouldn't trust anyone else to fight off a Balrog.


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