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Amazon's new Lord Of The Rings showrunners have never made a TV show before

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  1. [4]
    alyaza
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    this is a pretty bold strategy for something amazon is pumping such a great amount of money and energy into, although as the article notes the relative inexperience of payne and mckay are more...

    this is a pretty bold strategy for something amazon is pumping such a great amount of money and energy into, although as the article notes the relative inexperience of payne and mckay are more than made up for by literally everybody surrounding them:

    [...]the duo has been carefully surrounded with an extremely overqualified Fellowship of more experienced hands, including a team of executive producers who have worked on just about every major TV show of the last 20 years—Breaking Bad, Game Of Thrones, The Sopranos, Stranger Things, Hannibal, and more.

    makes me very curious how this is going to go when they actually start doing it.

    7 votes
    1. [3]
      Amarok
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      I wasn't going to hold their inexperience against them, but that does not bode well. Seems like everything and everyone JJ-adjacent forgets how to tell a decent story. I will be expecting a...

      a pair of J.J. Abrams-adjacent screenwriters

      I wasn't going to hold their inexperience against them, but that does not bode well. Seems like everything and everyone JJ-adjacent forgets how to tell a decent story. I will be expecting a shitshow and hoping to be wrong. sigh

      8 votes
      1. nothis
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        His TED talk explained so much to me. It's probably not something he'd pitch in public but I think JJ has an understanding of quality storytelling that's basically "make people wonder what's next"...

        His TED talk explained so much to me. It's probably not something he'd pitch in public but I think JJ has an understanding of quality storytelling that's basically "make people wonder what's next" while completely ignoring the importance of actually knowing what's next. Lost will forever be my most-hated show because it was run exactly like this and it lead nowhere with the finale being basically huge fuck you to people who bothered to watch it till the end.

        I think there's at least people around him who tell him that this is a problem (as opposed to, say, George Lucas ca. Episode 1). But it's very much his mode of working and you can see it in the DNA of pretty much everything he produces.

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      2. CharlieConway
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        I'll be expecting plenty of mysteries with a second season that deepens those mysteries and a third which favors introducing entirely new mysteries without ever resolving any of the existing...

        I will be expecting a shitshow and hoping to be wrong.

        I'll be expecting plenty of mysteries with a second season that deepens those mysteries and a third which favors introducing entirely new mysteries without ever resolving any of the existing mysteries.

        6 votes
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    mrbig
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    I’m curious to see how they’re going to keep things fresh without deviating too much from the source material, given that Jackson’s version aged pretty well.

    I’m curious to see how they’re going to keep things fresh without deviating too much from the source material, given that Jackson’s version aged pretty well.

    4 votes
    1. [6]
      beowulfey
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      The show is set in the Age of Númenor, >3000 years before the Fellowship. So it will be an entirely new story.

      The show is set in the Age of Númenor, >3000 years before the Fellowship. So it will be an entirely new story.

      8 votes
      1. [5]
        mrbig
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        That’s smart. Will it still be called Lord of the Rings, though? And will we see a young Gandalf? He’s like thousands of years old during LOTR, right?

        That’s smart. Will it still be called Lord of the Rings, though?

        And will we see a young Gandalf? He’s like thousands of years old during LOTR, right?

        2 votes
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          spctrvl
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          Not likely unless they take some liberties with canon. The wizards were sent to Middle Earth over a thousand years after this series is to take place.

          Not likely unless they take some liberties with canon. The wizards were sent to Middle Earth over a thousand years after this series is to take place.

          2 votes
          1. vegai
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            They might feature Valinor though, given what sort of role it might or might not have during the latter years of Numenor ;) I'm afraid if they do that, they cannot keep themselves from doing a bit...

            They might feature Valinor though, given what sort of role it might or might not have during the latter years of Numenor ;) I'm afraid if they do that, they cannot keep themselves from doing a bit of "oh, and here's a gray angel and a white angel who might be called Saruman and Gandalf by humans a bit later. You couldn't guess which turns evil, could you?"

            2 votes
          2. mrnd
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            However, even without Gandalf there should be a few familiar faces present: Galadriel is very prominent and Elrond is around as well. Sauron is involved in everything too, this time with a face...

            However, even without Gandalf there should be a few familiar faces present: Galadriel is very prominent and Elrond is around as well. Sauron is involved in everything too, this time with a face and all. It will be interesting to see how they approach casting these.

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          3. Wolpertinger
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            From what I understand, they were also sent in the bodies you see in LOTR and The Hobbit, and they never aged. That being said, I did hear a rumor a while back that Ian McKellen was attached to...

            The wizards were sent to Middle Earth over a thousand years after this series is to take place.

            From what I understand, they were also sent in the bodies you see in LOTR and The Hobbit, and they never aged.

            That being said, I did hear a rumor a while back that Ian McKellen was attached to the project. I don't know how true it is at the moment, however.

            1 vote