In my mind, New Zealand is Middle Earth so it’s good to hear that Amazon Studios is reportedly looking at shooting their upcoming Lord of the Rings series there. I’d actually be pretty disappointed if they didn’t shoot the series in New Zealand! Peter Jackson establish that land as Middle Earth when he shot his Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films there.
Star Trek 4 writers JD Payne and Patrick McKay are currently writing the series. What we know about the series at this point is that it will explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring. This is what Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke had to say about the show:
“We are really excited to move right into the next phase of the development process, which is building the world. I think you can know that we’re not remaking the movies, but we’re also not starting from scratch. So, it’ll be characters you love.
“It’s not a remaking of the movies, and it’s not a whole new thing. It’s something in between. It’s not, ‘Oh, it’s Lord of the Rings but you don’t recognize anything in it,’ but it’s not totally familiar to you either. So it’s original.”
It was also rumored that the series could focus on a young version of Aragorn, which is a concept that I love, and I hope that’s the direction they take the series.
The character is the last Chieftain of the Dúnedain and a direct descendant through many generations of Isildur, the last High King of both Arnor and Gondor. Aragorn would become the greatest man of his time, leading the Men of the West against Sauron’s forces, helping to destroy the One Ring, and reuniting the Kingdoms of Arnor and Gondor.
As for Peter Jackson’s involvement, the last we heard, he was helping put together a creative team for the series, but beyond that, he probably won’t be very involved with the series.
The series is expected to premiere sometime in 2021. There are plans for five seasons and they will be made on a budget of over $1 billion.
Source: Omega Underground