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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:20 am 
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Amazon announces deal for ‘Lord of the Rings’ TV series

AT AMAZON STUDIOS, a sprawling epic series has become a commodity most precious. And so the streaming service that first launched with a show about the political swamp of Washington (“Alpha House”) is now headed to the Shire.

Amazon announced Monday that it has obtained the television rights for “The Lord of the Rings” fantasy book series. Under the deal, which includes a multi-season production commitment and a potential spinoff, Amazon’s tales from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth will effectively be a prequel to “The Fellowship of the Ring.”

“‘The Lord of the Rings’ is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen,” Sharon Tal Yguado, head of scripted series for Amazon Studios, said in a statement, adding: “[We] are thrilled to be taking ‘The Lord of the Rings’ fans on a new epic journey in Middle Earth.”

Amazon Studios will produce the series while working with the Tolkien estate and trust, HarperCollins, and the Warner Bros. division New Line Cinema. (Amazon founder Jeffrey P. Bezos owns The Washington Post.)

“We are delighted that Amazon, with its long-standing commitment to literature, is the home of the first-ever multi-season television series for ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ ” Matt Galsor, representing the Tolkien estate and trust and HarperCollins, said in the statement.

The announcement marks the studio’s biggest acquisition since former Amazon Studios president Roy Price resigned last month while on suspension and facing sexual harassment allegations. Amazon Studios chief operating officer Albert Cheng was named interim president.

Under Price, Amazon Studios had made cultural inroads since 2014 with such series as Jill Soloway’s dramatic comedy “Transparent” and the musical comedy “Mozart in the Jungle,” both of which have won Golden Globes.

Over the past year, though, some programming decisions began to reflect a change in course. Amazon canceled two female-centered period dramas: The ’60s-set “Good Girls Revolt” was not renewed for a second season in December, and the Zelda Fitzgerald series “Z: The Beginning of Everything” was axed this fall when the studio reversed itself after a surprise renewal.

Bezos reportedly told Price to shift the programming focus toward “high-end drama series with global appeal” in the vein of “Game of Thrones,” Variety reported in September.

Galsor said in his statement that “Sharon and the team at Amazon Studios have exceptional ideas to bring to the screen previously unexplored stories based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s original writings.” That suggests that the streaming service will have creative liberty to go beyond the well-known adventures of Frodo Baggins.

Here's to hoping they do it right.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:58 am 
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:34 am 
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Should be a sequel, showing the hobbits going to space.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:03 pm 
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Chris Knight wrote:
Should be a sequel, showing the hobbits going to space.

I might watch that.

Other ideas better than trying to redo Jackson's work?

Hobbit porn
Hobbit Pacific Rim
Hobbit Wolverine

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:23 pm 
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Hobbit super heroes would be awesome.

It's a raven
It's an eagle
It's slightly more aerodynamic then Superman
It's Superhobbit!

The story could start off in Smallhobbiton and go all the way to Isengartropolis.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:26 am 
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I am really starting to like the idea of a Hobbit version of Pacific Rim.

I mean, seriously, how big would their mechs be?

Like 7 feet tall?

It would be hilarious.

"Sir, they're breaking through our defenses!"

"We need to increase our robot mech sizes, add another 3 inches!!!"

"Sir, that's insane! THREE INCHES??? That's nearly half of Bobop's height again already!"

"Just do it. The Shire is counting on us!"

"Yes, sir!"

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:16 am 
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Pender wrote:
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THERE WOULD NEVER BE A HOBBIT CALLED BOBOP THAT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE IT DOESN'T EVEN FIT INTO THEIR LANGUAGE AND NAMING SCHEMES WHAT A STUPID POST GAD YOU'RE AN ASSHOLE

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:53 am 
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Bobop

THERE WOULD NEVER BE A HOBBIT CALLED BOBOP THAT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE IT DOESN'T EVEN FIT INTO THEIR LANGUAGE AND NAMING SCHEMES WHAT A STUPID POST GAD YOU'RE AN ASSHOLE

Gadzooks, that is a tirade of biblical proportions.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:24 am 
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I'm laughing, because this point was one of the reasons I don't like the force awakens. Wrong amounts of syllables in the names.


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I would have expected Shoe to be all over this. He listens to cassette tapes of bbc radio dramas of this, why not an Amazon series? You will likely see Tom Bombadil. TOM BOMBADIL!


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:46 pm 
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I'm actually finishing up a blog post on this right now.

It basically boils down to, the plan seems to be to create professional fan fiction, and I'm not sure I have any desire to see that. More adaptations? Yes. Someone other than Tolkien writing stories in Middle Earth? No.

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The best parts of Peter Jackson's Middle-Earth movies were the parts that were straight out of Tolkien. The worst parts were the stuff added on.

The idea here seems to be to expand on the worst parts.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:33 pm 
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Bingo.

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Why didn't they focus more on the lesser known books that exist in the same world.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:05 pm 
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They don't have the rights to them. The Estate has never allowed anything but The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings to be adapted. All the legendarium has thus far been out of bounds. No one has film rights to The Silmarillion or the material it derives from.

I suspect that will change when Christopher Tolkien dies.

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I'd be interested to see somebody take a shot at "Farmer Giles of Ham," though so much of the fun is in the narration that it might fall flat as a movie.


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Shoe wrote:
I'm actually finishing up a blog post on this right now.

It basically boils down to, the plan seems to be to create professional fan fiction, and I'm not sure I have any desire to see that. More adaptations? Yes. Someone other than Tolkien writing stories in Middle Earth? No.

To be fair, I didn't read the article because I don't care at all about this. Now I understand.


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Hopefully, they'll figure out a Willow cross-over in the 2nd season. Warwick Davis isn't in nearly enough TV shows these days...


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:36 pm 
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I'm going to lock this thread if that sort of shit continues.

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The blog post I mentioned:

http://ericsanjuan.com/i-dont-want-amaz ... ings-show/

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Eric wrote:
I'd be interested to see somebody take a shot at "Farmer Giles of Ham," though so much of the fun is in the narration that it might fall flat as a movie.

I think David Cronenberg could do an excellent job of this.

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I'd pay to see that.


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