Season 1 of LOTR Amazon Series To Focus On Young Aragorn

After much speculation it appears as though the subject base for Season 1 of Amazon’s Lord of the Rings prequel series has been confirmed.

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According to an exclusive report by TheOneRing.net Amazon’s biggest project will, for season 1 at least, focus on a young version of the Northern Ranger turned King of Gondor, Aragorn.

Whilst Viggo Mortensen will not be reprising his role due to the age difference of the character, Amazon have completed a deal for the rights to use footage from Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, so don’t be surprised to see Viggo in there somewhere.

There is yet to be any further word on whether Jackson himself has finalised a deal to return to direct the series, however recent reports did state that he was choosing between returning to Middle Earth or directing a DC Universe movie.

5 Possible Directions For The Amazon Lord Of The Rings Prequel

With the news that Peter Jackson is in talks with Amazon over their Lord of the Rings prequel series, and that the Amazon Prime exclusive show will take place within the movie universe, we’ve decided to take a look at 5 possible stories for the show to tell.

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Option 1: A Whole New World

This isn’t meant in the literal sense, but the probability of Amazon crafting whole new stories that are entirely detached from previous canon is pretty high. The further away from previously established stories they go, the more distance they put between themselves and fan criticism over changes.

This, of course, doesn’t wipe the slate clean for them. There will still be characters and timelines which they would have to stick to, but being able to go anywhere and see anything is perhaps the best way to let the writers take a crack at this world.

Option 2: The Fall of Mordor/Osgiliath

If they wanted to create a true tie-in series that takes place between The Hobbit trilogy and the original Lord of the Rings trilogy then I couldn’t think of anything better than a war-series that focuses on the conflicts surrounding Mordor and Osgiliath once Sauron is chased away by the White Council at Dol Guldor.

This setting would allow for certain actors such as Sean bean to return to our screens, and would act as the big name draw that I’m sure Amazon will be searching for to help sell the product.

Whilst it does make it tricky in terms of canon, as there are plenty of toes they could step on so-to-speak, it would create an intriguing and gripping scenario to watch unfold.

Option 3: Aragorn’s Mother

My personal favourite of the five options would be to see a prequel series that follows Aragorn’s mother, Gilraen.

We’re already aware that she strove for her whole life to keep Aragorn hidden from the enemy, and a series where we get to see that unfold would be something entirely different from what we’ve seen before, whilst also delivering some major backstory to one of the films most beloved characters.

Besides, who wouldn’t want to see a young Aragorn?

Option 4: The Blue Wizards

The ever mysterious Blue Wizards. Only ever hinted at in the film canon, with the most backstory for them coming in the non-canon Shadow of Mordor game via collectibles. Having a show that centred on them and their travels would not only keep the slate clean for canon purposes, but it would also allow us to be introduced to other evils within Middle Earth that could only be matched by Wizards. Evils that perhaps threatened the world of men but we never knew?

It’s certainly the possibility that opens up the most realms for travel, discovery and general adventure, but perhaps it’s a little too out there and unfamiliar for Amazon to go through with?

Option 5: A Large Scale Fantasy Epic

With the money that Amazon are throwing at this series then I wouldn’t be surprised to go this route, even if it may make it difficult in the canon aspect of things. For this option I envisage a Game of Thrones esque tale that spans all of Middle Earth and all of the various races. The scope and budget would allow us to visit locations as vast and different as Rivendell and Minas Tirith, with character playing at politics and war.

Whilst the other options are more isolated in their stories this one could take on any shape or form Amazon wished and perhaps even include one or two of the previously mentioned options, such as the fall of Mordor and Osgiliath.

Seeing the inclusion of Elves, Dwarfs and Men would certainly be a strong selling point and the larger scope could keep the door open for the return of major characters such as Gandalf, Aragorn and Elrond. The only issue being that without changing up canon, there were no major conflicts in the 60 year period between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, so Amazon would likely have to take some artistic licence. Beyond that, if certain characters didn’t show up in a show of this style and scale then it would make little sense from a story and logic perspective, so Amazon would have to play their hand extremely well.


But what say you? What would you like to see in the Amazon prequel series? A smaller story focused on specific and new characters? Or a grander scale epic that takes a form more akin to Game of Thrones? Let us know @WeAreNiche on twitter and in the comment section below.

Peter Jackson in talks for Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings TV Series

After news recently broke that the new Amazon Lord of the Rings TV show was going to cost over $500m, thanks to the Hollywood Reporter we now have even more to break down about the show.

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According to the print version of the Hollywood Reporter (No online link yet available) despite not taking part in the rights negotiations between Amazon and the Tolkien Estate, Peter Jackson’s lawyer has apparently “helped start a dialogue between Jackson and Amazon.”

This will come as a great relief to many who loved the Lord of the Rings trilogy of films, as it also appears as though Amazon may use “material from the [New Line] films”, meaning that the show will now exist within the continuity of the Oscar winning classics.

Furthermore, as part of the $250m package Amazon are committed to 5 seasons of the upcoming show, and if it proves successful and popular then this will likely not be the ceiling. The show will have to do huge numbers though as the reported cost of $500m is now looking on the light side as the Hollywood Reporter state that Amazon is required to get the show into production within the next two years, and that the total cost is expected rise to more than $1 billion once casting, production and special effects are taken into consideration.

All in all it’s welcome news for Lord of the Rings fans, but only time will tell how good this show will turn out to be. Peter Jackson isn’t a lock yet, and without him you have to question how effectively the magic of the original trilogy could be captured, if this show is to take place in the same continuity.

 

Amazon’s “Lord of the Rings” prequel series is costing huge numbers

According to an exclusive report by Reuters the new Amazon Lord of the Rings prequel series could cost the company over $500m.

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According to the report Amazon paid “$250 million for the rights alone” and that following marketing and production for two seasons could push the costs over the $500m mark.

These sky-high costs would mean that the show would cost Amazon triple the amount that The Man In The High Castle cost, and as such it would be expected to bring in triple the amount of subscribers. A tall ask for any show given that The Man In The High Castle brought in 1.15 million new subscribers to Amazon’s version of Netflix, Amazon Prime. 

As a massive fan of the Lord of the Rings film series and books I was at first very negative towards the concept of a TV series being produced by Amazon, especially with the departure of Christoper Tolkien from the Tolkien Estate’s board shortly before the announcement was made, making it feel as though he didn’t agree with the project. But with a budget this large it is at the very least a positive sign and hopefully the story and production value will be worthy of the Lord of the Rings legacy.

With that being said the influx of money into a production does not equal quality, and whilst HBO are currently knocking everything out of the park with shows in the similar vein such as Game of Thrones and WestWorld it does not mean that Amazon are guaranteed to have a major success on their hands.