With The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power all set to debut on 2nd September 2022, the news has started to leak about how the director of the original The Lord of the Rings movie, Peter Jackson…wasn’t involved in the filming of the series. The script was never sent by Amazon studios to the director which is quite frankly disrespectful.
Peter Jackson was never sent the scripts for the series
The Lord of the Rings was the only fiction film to earn an oscar for the “best picture” category. And not only a single oscar, but the entire trilogy earned a whopping 17 Oscars throughout the 3-year period from 2001 to 2003. And the man and mind behind it all was the director, Peter Jackson. The films were a massive success which saved the New Line Cinema from going bankrupt.
According to the director, Amazon studios promised to collaborate with the director once he was sent the scripts. But the scripts were never sent to the director which was quite hurtful since he was the man that introduced millions of people to the world of J.R.R. Tolkien in the first place.
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How the fans reacted to Peter Jackson’s non-involvement
In a surprising turn of events, the fans are somewhat relieved that the director won’t be involved in the current series. Several people claim that it was due to the (kind of) failure of The Hobbit trilogy, while others claim that it was J.R.R. Tolkein’s estate that prohibited the director from entering and getting involved in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.
KEEP JACKSON AWAY AT ALL COSTS.
Yes, The Lord of the Rings trilogy is a classic, but he never did anything else that REMOTELY had that kind of success and ultimately, that blind faith in Jackson ruined The Hobbit trilogy. pic.twitter.com/W2gyURkSnH
— Christian Hannah (@TheHannahcast) August 5, 2022
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For those curious, as the articles points out, Tolkien's family and estate had never been fond of the movies. First they were left out of them. Secondly Christopher Tolkien claimed the Jackson movies "eviscerated" his father's books and absolutely ruined them
— 🔴Melly🔴 (@FaunusMelly) August 5, 2022
I like the Peter Jackson LOTR movies and parts of the Hobbit ones too (but too much was added) but I feel like his time with the subject has passed and it's time for someone else to have a chance at bringing Middle Earth to life
— KES me I'm Irish (@OdoIslandKES) August 5, 2022
The director is not disappointed with the unprofessional behavior he has faced from Amazon. The director stated the following in an interview:
“I’ll be watching it. I’m not the sort of guy who wishes ill will. Filmmaking is hard enough. If somebody makes a good film or TV show, it’s something to celebrate. The one thing I am looking forward to is actually seeing it as a perfectly neutral viewer.”
It is only a matter of time before the series debuts with several people thinking this to be a failure while the other half considering this to be a masterpiece. Only time will tell what the future holds for Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series.
The series is slated to release on 2nd September 2022 and will stream on Prime Video.
Source: Hollywood Reporter