There are plenty of mixed thoughts surrounding Amazon's upcoming Lord of the Rings series, with many fans finding it unnecessary after the acclaimed trilogy from Peter Jackson. Not many details have been revealed about the series, aside from it costing a ton of money, but we do know who will help develop the upcoming Amazon serial; JD Payne and Patrick McKay.
Both names might not be too familiar with fans but the two are quickly becoming a hot commodity. Aside from working on Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Jungle Cruise, they will also be writing the script for the upcoming Star Trek 4, as revealed by The Hollywood Reporter. Working on two massive franchises with legions of fans will get your name up there, that's for certain.
Here is a statement from Payne and McKay:
"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."
Amazon head Jennifer Salke said the series would be in production in two years and on the air, she hopes, by 2021. The series will supposedly span five seasons and might even get a spinoff serial if it does well. It's not going to be a cheap endeavor but the results could be worth it. No casting details have been revealed but expect to see a few announcements in a couple of months.
Will Amazon's Lord of the Rings succeed? There is a lot of Middle Earth story to tell but we can only hope it does this well.