Lord of the Rings TV series taps JD Payne and Patrick McKay as writers

Amazon StudiosThe Lord of the Rings TV series, at the moment, one of the most ambitious projects in TV history. Basically, the challenge here is to take one of the most-popular franchises of all time, and then find a way to make it work in a different medium. No pressure at all.

While at their TCA panel today, Amazon confirmed that JD Payne and Patrick McKay, who are currently working on the fourth film in the Star Trek film franchise, are going to be tasked with writing the story. This is not meant to be a remake of the Peter Jackson films, but rather something that is set prior to some of the events of The Fellowship of the Ring. While it’s possible that has changed, we wouldn’t quite understand doing a straight-up remake so soon after the movie trilogy when those hold up so well. Also, they are widely regarded as one of the best trilogies in the history of cinema.

In a statement, Payne and McKay had the following to say about coming on board:

“The rich world that J.R.R. 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.”

Ultimately, it definitely does still feel as though any Lord of the Rings TV series is still a couple of years off. Amazon has to still find a cast, get scripts together, make tweaks along the way, and then get to filming. They also release the entire first season at once. We feel like they are going to want to get this right given that this is meant to be their version of Game of Thrones, an enormous franchise that makes them even more of a rival to HBO and Netflix than ever.

Are you still excited about this Lord of the Rings series, or do you think that the movies have told enough story for you? Share in the comments!

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