When Amazon''s Prime Video and showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay''s was announced years ago, it was safe to assume that fans expected Peter Jackson to be involved. In fact, the Oscar-winning filmmaker of "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" trilogies thought so himself back in 2018, telling UK''s Metro, "I think they''ll send us some scripts to see if we can assist them along." So we''re learning just how much of
Jackson said on ''''the podcast that the scripts never came.'' "They asked me if I wanted to be involved [writer-producer Fran Walsh], and I said, "That''s an impossible question to answer without seeing a script." "It''s not that easy," Jackson said of the scripts, which he says is fine. "No complaints at all," Jackson said. "It''s very clear how many scripts people have, although i''ve seen them before."
"We were obligated to keep the films and streaming series separate from the producers," according to reports from THR. The owners of Amazon Studios, Payne, and McKay have "privately attempted to make overtures" to Jackson, but there were large objections over keeping the films and streaming series separate. This is not the first thing to say about the relationship between J.R.R. Tolkien''s estate and Jackson:
According to sources, J.R.R. Tolkien''s estate was against having Jackson on board. This shouldn''t be surprising as Christopher Tolkien has previously criticized the trilogy in the media as "eviscerating" his father''s books, claiming that his books made him film for young people who lack "beauty and seriousness." However, the estate is involved in the series Amazon paid the show an incredible $250 million.
Jackson is delighted to see how the streaming series enhances J.R.R. Tolkien''s universe. "I''ll be watching it. I''m not the sort of guy who wishes ill will. It''s difficult enough to make a good film or TV show, but it''s something to celebrate. "I''m looking forward to seeing it as a perfectly neutral viewer," Jackson says.
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