Peter Jackson Says Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ TV Series Is His Ghost – The Hollywood Reporter

Peter Jackson Amazon is overburdened the Lord of the Rings TV series.

Oscar-winning director Lord of the rings And the the hobbit The trilogy reveals that the studio has asked him to participate in the upcoming Megabudget series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power He promised to text him – and then never called him again.

“They asked me if I wanted to participate— [writer-producer Fran Walsh] And I said — and I said, “That’s a question that’s impossible to answer without seeing a text,” Jackson recalls Scott Feinberg on The Hollywood Reporters chatter prizes Audio notation. So they said, ‘Once we get the first two texts, we’ll send them to you. “And the texts never came up. That’s the last thing I heard, and it’s okay. No complaints at all.”

In the future the work Podcast, talk to The Hollywood ReporterKim Masters, the director, echoes the tale and expresses it a little differently, but makes the same point: “About four or five years ago, they asked if I’d care about it,” he says. And I said, ‘Have you got the scripts yet? Because I know how hard it is to write scripts for movies, and I didn’t know the people writing their scripts. They said, ‘Oh no, we don’t have the scripts yet, but as soon as we do, we’ll send you the scripts.’ So I was waiting for the scripts to come in, and they never did.” .

Back in 2018, Jackson told the UK metro“I think they’ll send us some scripts to see if we can help them.”

However, Jackson emphasized that he does not have any hard feelings for the Amazon series and is eager to watch it as a fan of the franchise.

“I’ll watch it,” he says. “I’m not the type to wish for ill will. Filmmaking is hard enough. If someone does a good movie or TV show, it’s something worth celebrating. The only thing I’m looking forward to is seeing them actually as a completely impartial viewer.” Jackson adds that Amazon is “betting the farm on Tolkien,” given its massive budget of half a billion dollars for the show’s first season.

Amazon Studios responded to Jackson’s comments with the following statement: “In pursuit of our show rights, we have been obligated to keep the series distinct and separate from the films. We have the utmost respect for Peter Jackson and The Lord of the rings Movies he’s glad he’s looking forward to watching rings of strength. ”

Sources close to the project describe a complex and sensitive background to the situation. First, that the studio has a lot of respect for Jackson, and that rings of strength The show’s creators JD Payne and Patrick McKay in particular tried to bring initiatives to the director. But as the statement suggests, there have also been legal concerns about keeping the films (which are owned by Warner Bros.) and the TV show separate. There were executive changes during the time period in question as well, with former head of genre programming Sharon Tal Iguadu – described by one source as an advocate of Jackson’s lure for the project – leaving the company in 2019. Perhaps most importantly, sources say author J. R. R. Tolkien’s property was Against having Jackson on board. This should come as no surprise, as the property had nothing to do with his films as Christopher Tolkien did previously swipe The trilogy in the press is “eviscerating” his father’s books, claiming they have turned his novels into youth action films that lack “beauty and seriousness.” But the estate is involved in the series – Amazon paid the property a staggering $250 million for the rights to the show. All said: One does not simply offer to send Peter Jackson a lotter Scenario and then leave the guy hanging.

On the move, Jackson was also asked if the film studio would light up their 3D today, to which he replied, “Probably not. … Not with a director like me and a studio that puts its money on the line for three films.”

Regarding the legacy of the trilogy, Jackson says, “If there was anything we gave to the ongoing filmmaking community, [it’s] That we opened up the bag of CGI tricks to get huge battle scenes.” That’s kind of a modest answer considering epic fantasy shows like HBO shows. Game of thrones It would probably never have lit up the green had it not been for the huge box office of his trilogy and awards success.

Jackson is also an award nominee this season for his popular Beatles documentary get backwhich was nominated for five Emmy Awards.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power It follows the formation of the original Rings of Power during the Second Age that allowed the Dark Lord Sauron to spread evil across Middle-earth. It is set thousands of years before the events of the Jackson Trilogy. The show premieres on Prime Video on September 2.

Kim Masters contributed to this report.