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Everything we know about Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ TV series

Charmaine Blake

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Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movie trilogy gave the world an epic fantasy adaptation unlike anything we had seen before. The films were triumphs of fantasy worldbuilding that transported fans into the heart of Middle-earth and paved the way for adaptations like HBO’s Game of Thrones. Now Amazon hopes to compete with George R.R. Martin’s fantasy universe by returning to J.R.R. Tolkien’s.

Amazon announced in November that it had acquired the rights to create a Lord of the Rings TV series, just months after CEO Jeff Bezos reportedly challenged Amazon Studios executives to find the next Game of Thrones. The show is still in very early stages of development, but if it comes out in the next two to three years, it could find itself going up against one or more Game of Thrones spinoffs underway for HBO. Here’s what we know so far.

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Lord of the Rings TV series news

While Amazon has confirmed it is working on a Lord of the Rings TV series, we know very little about what story it might tell. The company revealed the series would be set prior to Fellowship of the Ring—before Frodo hits the road on his quest to chuck the One Ring into the fires of Mount Doom. Amazon has already promised multiple seasons of the show and a possible spinoff series set in Middle-earth.

According to Deadline, Amazon paid close to $250 million just for rights to the property. That’s a staggering number, especially when you consider the total production budgets of most major blockbusters are cheaper. Sharon Tal Yguado, head of scripted series for Amazon Studios, said development of the show would be a collaborative effort with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins, and New Line.

“We are delighted that Amazon, with its longstanding commitment to literature, is the home of the first-ever multi-season television series for The Lord of the Rings,” Matt Galsor, a representative for the Tolkien Estate and Trust and HarperCollins, said as part of the initial announcement. “Sharon and the team at Amazon Studios have exceptional ideas to bring to the screen previously unexplored stories based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s original writings.”

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Lord of the Rings TV series cast

The Lord of the Rings TV series doesn’t have a writer or director, much less a cast, but that hasn’t stopped some Middle-earth veterans from chiming in.

Ian McKellen, who played Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies, told BBC Radio2 host Graham Norton that he’d be game to come back as the gray wizard—though he has yet to be asked to reprise the role. The 78-year-old actor joked, “Gandalf is 7,000 years old, so I’m not too old.”

Gimli actor John Rhys-Davies, meanwhile, is siding with fans who don’t like the idea of another Lord of the Rings adaptation so soon after Peter Jackson’s definitive retelling.

“It’s not about doing it better, it’s about making more money, that’s all,” Rhys-Davies told Den of Geek. “If they think they can make more money, then they will.”

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Lord of the Rings TV series plot

While we don’t know what story the Lord of the Rings TV series will tell, we can make some educated guesses as to where it could go. Aragorn, Legolas, Gandalf, Gimli, and even our Hobbit friends were around long before they volunteered to save Middle-earth. Frodo and Sam likely spent much of that time reading, gardening, eating, and doing other respectable Hobbit things that’d be pretty boring for TV.

But Tolkien’s ancillary works elaborate on more interesting backstories for Gandalf and Aragorn. Aragorn’s mother brought him to the elf city of Rivendell when he was just 2 years old after an Orc arrow killed his father. Elrond fostered young Aragon and kept his identity secret to protect the future king of Gondor. In his early years, Aragorn went on adventures with Elrond’s sons, befriended Gandalf, and fought preliminary battles against Sauron and his allies. Some of this background is mentioned in Lord of the Rings—remember the scene where Aragorn reveals he fought alongside King Théoden’s father?—but much of it has never been explored on screen.

Gandalf also did a great deal of adventuring beyond the main storylines of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. The Hobbit trilogy already dabbled in some of that history, including Gandalf’s journey to confront an evil force known as the Necromancer at the enemy fortress Dol Guldur.

Of course, there’s no guarantee Amazon will anchor its series in the backstories of familiar characters. The show will be “based on” Tolkien’s work. That leaves the door open for a looser reimagining of characters or events Tolkien merely mentions.

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Lord of the Rings TV series release date

The Lord of the Rings TV series does not yet have a projected release date. Given that HBO bought the television rights to Game of Thrones in September 2008 and it didn’t appear on TV until spring 2011, we’re expecting a minimum of two to three years of development and production time.

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The clues we all missed about the big reveal in ‘Westworld’ Episode 9

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The hats in “Westworld” were always about much more than aesthetic

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“With a show like Westworld, it’s hard to get any reveal past avid Reddit theorists and media obsessives (hi, hello — that is us.) Yet somehow, showrunners Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan managed to pull it off on Sunday’s “Vanishing Point.”

A running mystery (among the many millions) this season revolved around the Delos Corporation’s ability to accurately copy guest cognition. The answer turned out to be so obvious in hindsight, we can’t stop kicking…..”

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/06/20/westworld-hat-reveal-season-2/

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The Handmaid’s Tale Revealed the Truth Behind Gilead!

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Science: 1. Gilead: 0.

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“To watch The Handmaids Tale as a conscious member of a free society is to be keyed in to every injustice the Republic of Gilead commits against women.

Ostensibly, each of the institutionalized violations of womens rights the ban on reading, the forced marriages, the entire concept of Handmaids, and countless others stem from Gileads core purpose, which is to ensure the future of the human race in the face of a worldwide fertility crisis.

Government-approved rape and wife assignments are Gilead’s answer to a world where the wickedness of women caused millions of them to fall barren. But in Episode 9 of Season 2, the lie behind that logic is finally exposed: the worlds fertility crisis was an issue of inert sperm, not eggs. Women were never the problem.

To which I would like to say both holy shit and duh.

The holy shit part stands for my internal scream during this episode when Serena Joys itinerary for the Canada visit was outlined with pictures instead of words, out of sensitivity for Gileads anti-reading policy. This despite my refusal to accept Serena Joy as a victim in her own system.

That scream was for how entirely unfair the system of Gilead is. That unfairness only compounds with the fertility reveal. Every lynching victim…..”

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/06/14/handmaids-tale-fertility-reveal/

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The British reality dating show that you need to start watching immediately

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“At precisely 9 p.m. every night for the next three months, just as the sun is setting over the United Kingdom, Twitter comes alive.

There’s nothing in the water and we certainly can’t blame it on the weather. It’s all because of Love Island, a British reality dating show that currently has the nation transfixed. Brits are gripped by the action unfolding on their television screens, and they begin flooding Twitter with their feelings using the #LoveIsland hashtag.

So, what the hell is Love Island? Well, in a nutshell, it’s Britain’s answer to the U.S.’s Bachelor In Paradise. The only difference is that the show airs every single night for three drama-packed months.

The new season of Love Island — which began one week ago — kicked off with the arrival of 11 strangers comprising six men and five women. The women arrive first and exchange hugs with their fellow contestants. Then, as the men arrive one-by-one, the ladies step forward when they see someone they like the look of.

Much like Bachelor in Paradise, the power alternates between the male and female contestants each week. Now, if that sentence….”

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