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Let us not deny the Return of the King!      

You should be thankful people at TORN aren't as lazy as you or I:     That last quote should strike fear into all our hearts. I had to laugh at her answer when pressed on examples of

Actually, Middle Earth has never existed.  

This is really exciting. Perhaps a Silmarillion adaption? This could easily be the next Game of Thrones.

 

Also, if this is really happening, let's hope Shore is willing to return to the series. More Middle-earth music!

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I doubt Amazon will be buying the rights. 

 

They work with WB to produce a show but WB wouldn’t be selling that gold egg laying goose. Physical media sales of TLOTR and the Hobbit are still worth too much.

 

I see people talking about Silmarilion online but that’s just not going to happen.

 

I expect them to do something like Shadow of Mordor and have it tie in with the Middle-earth cinematic universe™

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Oh dear. I can't wait to see how 'progressively' they cast this one. Might even spice it up with a few additions here and there.

 

A potential lack of sex and violence will probably harm the chances of this being the 'next Game of Thrones'. Of course, there's probably nothing to stop them adding such things if they so wish...

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Oh, I guess it will mean a thousand more polls for JWFan:

 

'The Lord of the Rings Animated vs. The Lord of the Rings films vs. The Lord of the Rings Amazon series'

 

1 minute ago, BloodBoal said:

Because new ideas don't bring as much money?

Stranger Things? 

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40 minutes ago, Arpy said:

Oh, I guess it will mean a thousand more polls for JWFan:

 

'The Lord of the Rings Animated vs. The Lord of the Rings films vs. The Lord of the Rings Amazon series'

 

Stranger Things? 

 

Whats new about Stranger Things?

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I would be all for a more grown up TV adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones style. Minus the nudity and sexposition, of course. As much as I adore Jackson's phenomenal trilogy, they are tonally and visually far from my ideal of what a filmic LOTR would be.

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My first reaction on reading this was incredible excitement....I always thought they if they re-made LOTR it would work best as a series.  And I'm still excited, but it does raise some interesting questions. First and foremost would be the look and feel of it...which I'd hope would be a departure from the Jackson films (which I love), and more faithful to the tone and substance of the book.  And if the Tolkien estate is involved (and it looks like they will be), it will certainly be more faithful.

 

So along these lines, where would they film it? In some ways, NZ is still an obvious choice. It really does look like Middle-Earth (at least how I imagined it) and has every location you could want. And it's relatively inexpensive to film there vs. some of the other options.  The problem with this, of course, is that it would raise even more comparisons to Jackson's films, and probably couldn't avoid looking at least somewhat like them...especially if WETA did the effects (which would be logical if they filmed there).  That would create all different kinds interesting creative issues.  So hope they don't go this route, and don't believe they will.

 

The other, better, option would be to film in Europe.  England/Ireland/Scotland could provide a lot of locales, especially obviously for The Shire. And there are plenty of places in Scandinavia and Europe to choose from. This would certainly cost more than filming in NZ, but to me seems a better choice...especially since GOT has already done this to great success.

 

As far as the "diverse" casting someone mentioned...I imagine there will be a HUGE amount of social media pressure for them to do so, which I hope they resist, especially if they want to create something closer to the books. Bezos is reportedly a huge LOTR fan, and is taking special interest in this project, so hopefully his passion would lead to fealty to the source material.

 

Anyway, yeah, very exciting! I'll be watching this develop with great interest.  And the Tolkien subform is given at least a new ten year lease on life!

 

 

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8 minutes ago, Nick1066 said:

My first reaction on reading this was incredible excitement....I always thought they if they re-made LOTR it would work best as a series.  And I'm still excited, but it does raise some interesting questions. First and foremost would be the look and feel of it...which I'd hope would be a departure from the Jackson films (which I love), and more faithful to the tone and substance of the book.  And if the Tolkien estate is involved (and it looks like they will be), it will certainly be more faithful.

 

So along these lines, where would they film it? In some ways, NZ is still an obvious choice. It really does look like Middle-Earth (at least how I imagined it) and has every location you could want. And it's relatively inexpensive to film there vs. some of the other options.  The problem with this, of course, is that it would raise even more comparisons to Jackson's films, and probably couldn't avoid looking at least somewhat like them...especially if WETA did the effects (which would be logical if they filmed there).  That would create all different kinds interesting creative issues.  So hope they don't go this route, and don't believe they will.

 

The other, better, option would be to film in Europe.  England/Ireland/Scotland could provide a lot of locales, especially obviously for The Shire. And there are plenty of places in Scandinavia and Europe to choose from. This would certainly cost more than filming in NZ, but to me seems a better choice...especially since GOT has already done this to great success.

 

As far as the "diverse" casting someone mentioned...I imagine there will be a HUGE amount of social media pressure for them to do so, which I hope they resist, especially if they want to create something closer to the books. Bezos is reportedly a huge LOTR fan, and is taking special interest in this project, so hopefully his passion would lead to fealty to the source material.

 

Anyway, yeah, very exciting! I'll be watching this develop with great interest.  And the Tolkien subform is given at least a new ten year lease on life!

 

 

 

Id want any potential remake to be closer to Tolkien than Jackson's version. 

 

The LotR trilogy is a masterpiece and I'm very happy with it. If they're going to do a remake for TV then they should be trying to get closer to the book. The casting should be similar to the trilogy in order to do that. 

 

England, Scotland, Wales and the Republic (Probably no point going to NI after GoT) and Scandinavia would have all the locations needed I think. 

5 minutes ago, Quintus said:

There's an ancient evil which lays dormant in that subforum. A gkgyver of Morgoth.

 

I recommend the mute feature. There's a couple of people I've muted on here and it's vastly improved things! 

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14 minutes ago, Chen G. said:

I don't know. I'm glad to know that the Estate is ready to play along, but I think Tolkien vision is more inherently cinematic. It won't work as well on Television.

 

What are you talking about!!!???

 

 

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3 hours ago, Disco Stu said:

When your first reaction to news like this about a hypothetical tv show with literally no details is to worry they’ll care too much about diversity... man.  

 

Yawn. Indeed, in the absence of any details, it's about the only thing we know this production will bring to the plate at this point.

 

Let's say they do each book in 10 parts, 10 hours, 30 hours in total. There are two prominent female characters in LOTR, one of whom barely features beyond the latter part of book 1. Do you honestly think they'll preserve this status quo (and I'm not even talking about bumping up Arwen's role)? Similarly, a pretty much all-white production of this magnitude isn't happening. This represents a perfect chance to 'correct' the racial misgivings of Tolkien's vision. If I'm wrong I'll happily come back on here and eat humble pie, and apologize for my worthless existence.

 

 

I personally can't see this project getting off the ground.

 

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Oh, that would be the least of the problems. Do you realize how racist the Black Riders are? Obviously they can only wear an all-white pointy hood to comment on certain factions really relevant in today's society. And Sauron can't be a flaming eye, he'll be a straight white male sitting atop his Ivory Tower strengthening the patriarchy and manspreading on his Dark Throne! If it's rated R, the (wet)dreams of all the Legolas+Gimli shippers can finally be realized, too!

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I think the Tolkien films get a free pass of sorts in terms of diversity because Tolkien's writings exercise diversity within the rules of its own universe: not in terms of Black/White/Asian/Female/None-Heterosexual diversity, but here in terms of Hobbits, Dwarves, Elves, etc....

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11 minutes ago, Chen G. said:

I think the Tolkien films get a free pass of sorts in terms of diversity because Tolkien's writings exercise diversity within the rules of its own universe: not in terms of Black/White/Asian/Female/None-Heterosexual diversity, but here in terms of Hobbits, Dwarves, Elves, etc....

 

Yeah, no. 

 

Thats not how twitter works

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13 minutes ago, BloodBoal said:

So? What's wrong with having a Black Frodo or a Chinese Legolas, or a gay Bombadil?

 

Don't take it the wrong way, but you guys are disgustingly racist and homophobic.

 

But they already have Lando Calrissian! And he got to fly the Millenium Falcon!

 

And Dumbledore!

 

 

 

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