Amazon Announces Writers for Lord of the Rings TV Series
Amazon announced July 28 the writing team for the upcoming Lord of the Rings original series. Star Trek 4 writers JD Payne and Patrick McKay are on board to begin development on the series. The two have worked together since high school, when they were on the debate team together. Recently they helped J.J. Abrams with Star Trek 4; they adapted Jungle Cruise for Disney; and they created their own drama in 2017 called Escape with producer Mike DeLuca, an Oscar winner.
The search for the writing team went far and wide for Amazon Studios, in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins, and New Line Cinema (a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment). The studio expressed excitement about the writers and being able to share the news with the eagerly awaiting fans.
Payne and McKay said of their involvement: “The rich world that Tolkien created is filled with majesty and heart, wisdom and complexity. We are absolutely thrilled to be partnering with Amazon to bring it to life anew. We feel like Frodo, setting out from the Shire, with a great responsibility in our care – it is the beginning of the adventure of a lifetime.”
Fans have been discussing the show since the announcement, speculating on what the show would be about and who the studio might cast. Amazon confirmed that the show will take place before the events of The Fellowship of the Ring.
TheOneRing.net, a trusted source for Tolkien fans, announced on Twitter that their source at Amazon also confirmed the show would focus mostly on young Aragorn.
For a while, rumors flew that Peter Jackson would have some say in the production. Even stars like Kumail Nanjiani chimed in, tweeting his love for Jackson’s original trilogy when others criticized this idea. However, Jackson has neither confirmed nor denied his involvement.
Every scrap of news has resulted in online debate. Particularly around casting a young Aragorn. Many fans are pushing the studio to choose a person of color to make a more diverse Middle-Earth, while others want the series to maintain Jackson’s aesthetic and movie canon. Diego Luna is a popular choice on Twitter.
More news will be coming for the show. The most up-to-date information can be found with TheOneRing.net and Amazon Studios.