It looks like the production of Amazon’s Lord of the Rings has reached a road bump.
According to a report by The One Ring, the renowned scholar of J.R.R. Tolkien’s written literature Tom Shippey has decided to leave the production of the Lord of the Rings adaptation by Amazon. Shippey was best known for his two books focused on Tolkien’s life – J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century released in 200 and The Road to Middle-Earth published in 1982. The scholar and writer was involved in the creative team of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
Speaking during a Livestream, Signum University President Corey Olsen, otherwise known by students as Tolkien Professor, was asked about Shippey’s involvement in the upcoming Amazon project.
According to the professor, Shippey no longer seems to be taking part in the Lord of the Rings live-action series.
"I have spoken to Shippey," Olsen said. "Is he still involved? I don't believe so."
Shippey was originally confirmed as a member of the show’s creative team during a video that Amazon released last year. Now, it looks like he’s no longer going to work for Amazon on the new project.
We don’t know what this is going to mean for the Lord of the Rings project. Amazon may need to collaborate with another scholar on the series. It’s such a shame that the company had to lose Shippey – after all, the scholar did great work on the Lord of the Rings trilogy with Jackson.
Let’s wait and see whether Amazon gets another consultant to work with.
The Lord of the Rings has yet to receive a release date. We’ll update fans as soon as we get word.