Amazon Studios has hired two writers to take on their new Lord of the Rings Series. According to Deadline, JD Payne and Patrick McKay will develop the latest adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic, which was previously brought to life on the big screen by Peter Jackson.
Payne and McKay are rising feature writers who recently worked on the script for Star Trek 4 for producer J.J. Abrams. I hear Abrams was one of a number of high-profile filmmakers and producers who recommended the duo for the LOTR job.
This ends a lot of speculation on who will be doing the job of bringing this story to the small screen. Unfortunately, there is no real information on what the series will be about. We do know that it will be set in Middle Earth and 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."
Payne and McKay added:
"The rich world that J.R.R. Tolkien created is filled with majesty and heart, wisdom and complexity. We are absolutely thrilled to be partnering with Amazon to bring it to life anew. We feel like Frodo, setting out from the Shire, with a great responsibility in our care — it is the beginning of the adventure of a lifetime."
It was recently rumored that the series could focus on a young version of Aragorn, which would be incredible! I love that concept, 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.
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.
I am excited that we will get more adventures in Middle Earth. I just hope it does well because I always have been and always will be a Tolkien fan.