During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Amazon Studios Head Jennifer Salke revealed the expected launch date for the Lord of the Rings television series.
When Amazon landed the deal to produce a television series based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings novels, one of the clauses in the deal was that the show had to be in production within two years. Salke stated that the series will make that required production start date and will hopefully be on the air in 2021:
“It’ll be in production in two years; [on the air in] 2021 is the hope. But there are other people who wish it was 2020.”
Salke also offered an update on the conversations with Peter Jackson – who directed the Academy Award-winning Lord of the Rings film trilogy – about the filmmaker’s possible involvement in the television adaptation:
“We’re in conversations with him that I think are very amicable about how much involvement he wants and what kind. We haven’t figured out exactly what that is yet. He may say he is involved or he’s not involved. We’re still very much in conversation with him about what kind of involvement he would propose.”
Even if Jackson decides to sign on, Salke explained that the search for a showrunner won’t begin as they are currently speaking with writers:
“No. We are currently talking to writers. I have sat with three or four different groups of writers. Sharon Tal Yguado has met with many more than that. When we announced it, many agents called and with clients and British writers have come calling. There have been a lot of informational meetings about the material and about the scope of what we can do. My hope would be to put together a group of talented people, which will obviously have a leader who can embark on this big ambitious endeavor.”
The Lord of the Rings was previously brought to life in Peter Jackson’s highly-acclaimed film trilogy. Now, Amazon is looking to explore the world of Middle Earth even further through a series of all-new stories set before the events of The Fellowship of the Ring.
Amazon Studios will be producing The Lord of the Rings along with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema.
Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings television series as we learn it.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
10 Book-To-Film Adaptations That Succeeded (And 15 That Failed)
As tomorrow’s big Netflix release, the second go-around at adapting A Series of Unfortunate Events, proves, adaptations of beloved source material are not easy to make.
Books and film, like all arts, have a special relationship. The turn of the century saw a massive increase in adaptations of epic fantasy and science-fiction, particularly for the coveted youth market, thanks mostly to two big franchises – Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. Both legitimized fantasy as big-budget spectacle and prestige entertainment, when done with care. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and the years since are littered with attempts at replicating the magic of those films, including the original Unfortunate Events movie, which is first up on our list (as an ambitious-but-flawed failure).
Now, in the age of Peak TV, adapting these massive sagas are possible on television too. The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones both kicked open doors to imitators in the same ways Potter and Rings did, in terms of scope and budget. Shows like MTV’s Shannara and Hulu’s upcoming The Handmaid’s Tale, both based on famous books, draw directly from this trend. It’s also given second life to properties that didn’t work as features, such as Unfortunate Events.
For this article, I focused on the biggest in YA and children’s literature, in honor of Unfortunate Events return to screens (I’ll be recapping a “book” aka two episodes a day starting tomorrow morning!), while focusing on the criteria to rank them by. When it comes to judging these stories – some classics, some decidedly not – I kept in mind whether the films a) received a sequel b) made money at the box-office and c) were critically acclaimed.
- Honorary success mentions: Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, Stardust, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
- Honorary failure mentions: Bridge to Terabithia, Charlotte’s Web, The Host
Click Next to scroll through all the failures and successes.