A few weeks ago, it was announced that Amazon was in early talks with Warner Brothers to adapt J.R.R Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings into a television show. This news wasn’t entirely surprising, considering that Amazon has been searching for a fantasy show that could rival Game of Thrones for ages. And now it looks like they may have gotten their wish. The deal is sealed. This adaptation has landed a multi-season deal. Amazon will be partnering with many production companies, including New Line Cinema, which you’ll recognize from both the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies.
Unsurprisingly, the series won’t follow the same story that we saw in the films. This show will take place pre-Fellowship, but unfortunately, that’s all we know so far. Tolkien has so many stories and so much material to work from, there are a lot of possibilities here. Are we going back to the time when Sauron was in full strength, following Isildur as one of our leading men? Are we completely diverting from stories we know into some of Tolkien’s unadapted works? Whatever the truth may be, one thing is certain. This was the smartest decision Amazon could make. Telling the story of the Fellowship would’ve undoubtedly failed. You simply cannot compete with the world that Peter Jackson created, and any kind of retelling of that story would’ve fallen short. By telling a new story, there’s somewhat of a clean slate, giving the show a chance.
But many fans are concerned. With Amazon so intent on finding a show that will rival HBO’s Game of Thrones, fans are worried that Amazon will take Tolkien’s work and sexualize it. The amount of steamy scenes in Tolkien’s work vs. Martin’s…we’re talking about polar opposites. But in both instances, it works. So let Amazon be warned. We aren’t looking for another Game of Thrones. We have Game of Thrones, and we love it. We don’t need another one. If you’re adapting Tolkien, for the love of everything pure, please don’t oversexualize it. That’s not what Tolkien’s work is.
The Lord of the Rings Series Will Stream On Amazon Prime.