Yesterday TheOneRing.net reported breaking news, from multiple confirmed sources, the new Amazon Lord of the Rings TV series opening season one will focus on a young Aragorn.
TheOneRing.net broke the exciting news on Twitter. Tweeting “[BREAKING] We have confirmed from multiple sources that @AmazonStudios new billion-dollar #LOTR series will open its first season centered on a young Aragorn.”
— TheOneRing.net (@theoneringnet) May 16, 2018
Amazon secures the rights to the TV series
Last year Amazon went against Netflix in a bidding war to secure the rights to release a multi-season Lord of the Rings adaption for Amazon’s Prime streaming service. It was reported Amazon paid a whopping $250 million to the Tolkien estate to secure the TV rights. This doesn’t actually cover the cost of producing the TV series!
Recent reports, announced this will be the most expensive TV series in history! It is estimated Amazon will be spending at least $1 billion on producing this TV series. Amazon is committed to releasing up to 5 seasons worth!
There have been many speculations but no definitive answer as to what the TV series would be focusing on. But it has been confirmed it will be a prequel to The Lord of the Rings films. So anything prior to Bilbo’s 111th birthday party and him passing down his ring to Frodo.
Focusing on Aragorn
It’s exciting to hear official news, that the first season of the Lord of the Rings TV series will be focusing on Aragorn and his past. Being a massive fan of J.R.R Tolkien (author of The Lord of the Rings), I know in the appendices there are some great tales of Aragorn’s early days. Aragorn is, in fact, a descendant of the legendary race of men called Dunedain who are blessed with long life compared to the ordinary race of men. In the Two Towers, Aragorn was in fact only 87 years old, and still young by Dunedain reckoning.
In the New Line Cinema’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, Aragorn was played by Viggo Mortensen. He was a ranger and was the last line of kings to the throne of Gondor. In the final movie The Return of the King, Aragorn was finally crowned king and ushered a new age on Middle-Earth after the defeat of Sauron. In The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the elven king Thranduil, instructs his son Legolas to meet this young Aragorn, “his father Arathorn was a good man and his son might grow to be a great one.” Possibly the new TV series we’ll see Legolas befriend Aragorn.
In the books, Aragon was raised in Rivendell, he first met of Arwen in Lorien, he befriended the wandering wizard Gandalf and even disguised in the armies of Gondor and Rohan and even had adventures far south destroying the corsairs ships of Umbar. So there are huge chunks of source material to be adapted from.
Release Date and Who’s Involved
Amazon has been given two years to produce this show. Although there isn’t an official release date we’ll be looking at end of 2019 the earliest.
Amazon is actively seeking multiple talented writers, directors and showrunners to be part of the series. Amazon is also in talks with Peter Jackson trying to nail him down to be part of the show as an executive producer. I think this is a wise move to involve Peter Jackson, he is the man who made The Lord of the Rings, a worldwide phenomenon and massive achievement in the movie world. It was actually the Lord of the Rings trilogy that turned me into a massive Tolkien follower.
We have confirmed that Amazon is actively reaching out to multiple established writers, directors and showrunners for their visions of the billion dollar LOTR series. Peter Jackson is of course on the list… But one of many currently pitching.
Tag who you want in the mix
— TheOneRing.net (@theoneringnet) May 7, 2018
I originally thought the prequel series would focus on the Second Age (thousands of years before the events of The Lord of the Rings), where Sauron seduced and tricked the elves into creating the rings. I felt this would be a natural story to tell that would tie in neatly with the movies.
I must say I do have my reservations, although it’s exciting to have a giant production house Amazon make a Lord of the Rings TV series. But being a massive Lord of the Rings fan and huge lover of Peter Jackson’s original trilogy, it’s a tall order to compete. Is Amazon going to be able to capture the magic and the fantasy world of Tolkien? Are the stories going to be just as compelling?
One of my main concerns is, Amazon has yet to release any real jaw-dropping, additive or innovative TV series to date. We know they have a few good shows such as Preacher or American Gods, but nothing to keep you coming back for more. Furthermore, I find a lot of Amazon’s TV series are unnecessary dragged out. Trying to stretch a plot line across multiple episodes when it could have in fact been concluded in half the time. I just hope they don’t do this for the new Lord of the Rings TV series.
At the end of the day there are source material available however they are scarce and are not fully formed so a lot of it Amazon will need to script and develop. Let’s hope they do justice to this epic pioneering fantasy series.