With Game of Thrones coming to an end next season, the race to create the next epic fantasy TV series is on. According to reports, the biggest contender could be Amazon. The online retailer-turned streaming service is reportedly in talks to create a TV series based on J.R.R. Tolkien's epic series.
According to Variety, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is personally in talks with Warner Bros. TV, and the Tolkien estate trying to bring the books to the small screen.
"Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is said by sources with knowledge of the situation to be personally involved in the negotiations, which are still in very early stages. No deal has been set.
The studio and the Tolkien estate have been shopping a series based on the classic fantasy novels and their assortment of hobbits, wizards, and warriors, sparking a competitive situation from which Amazon has emerged as the frontrunner. Representatives for Amazon and Warner Bros. declined to comment."
It might seem strange to think of a Lord of the Rings show when the series of films still seem so recent. The Fellowship of the Ring was released in 2001 and the last Hobbit movie hit theaters in 2014. But Game of Thrones has proved that sprawling fantasy series can captivate audiences thanks to their more faithful and inventive adaptations: you can do much more over hours of episodes stretched over several seasons than you can in a three-hour movie every few years.
My most pressing questions are: how do you find a better Galadriel than Cate Blanchette and could a TV series finally show Frodo and Sam hooking up like we all know they were. And what about Gollum?