Director Peter Jackson, responsible for the “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies in theaters, revealed why he is not involved in Amazon’s “Rings of Power” series.
In a conversation with the Chatter Awards podcast, magazine and website The Hollywood Reporter, the three-time Oscar winner said he was even approached by the company for his interest in participating in the project alongside his wife, Fran Walsh. , who produced the films in the franchise. . “I said it was an impossible question to answer until I read a script,” he recalled.
“Then they said, ‘As soon as we have the first scripts, we’ll send them to you.” But the scripts never came. That was the last time they talked to me, the director.
Even without getting involved, the actor said he was thrilled to follow the series. “I’ll watch it. I’m not the kind of guy who wishes others evil. Making movies is hard enough. If someone makes a good movie or a good series, it’s something to celebrate. Now I can’t wait to see it all.” ” as a neutral spectator “, he stressed him.
When asked what happened, Amazon explained that it had to distance itself from Jackson to differentiate series from long series. “When we bought the rights to the books, we were asked to keep the series distinct and separate from the films. We have the utmost respect for Peter Jackson and the Lord of the Rings films and are delighted that you are looking forward to seeing ‘The rings of the rings ‘. Power,’ “the company said in a statement.
According to THR, showrunners JD Payne and Patrick McKay wanted the director to participate. However, a concern from Amazon’s legal department forced the posting to keep the series separate from the films, because the feature films are owned by Warner Bros.
Additionally, sources on the site claim that author JRR Tolkien’s legacy was against Jackson’s inclusion in the production. Legacy had no involvement with his films, and Christopher Tolkien even criticized the trilogy in the press for “gutting” his father’s books to create action films for young people without the “beauty and seriousness” of original books.
The property is heavily involved in the series and has been paid a staggering $ 250 million for the rights to do the show.
The first season of “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” will debut September 2 on Prime Video.