The Rings of Power: Peter Jackson was asked to be involved in the Lord of the Rings franchise, but Amazon ghosted him

We are now less than a month away from the release of the upcoming Lord of the Rings series on Prime Video. The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will focus on the forging of the original Rings of Power during the Second Age of Middle-earth that allowed Sauron to spread his evil across the land. While Rings of power have more connections to the Oscar-winning trilogy from Peter Jackson, it doesn’t have any involvement from the man himself, but that wasn’t always the plan.

While talking to THRreveals Peter Jackson that Amazon had actually asked him to be involved in Rings of power during its development. Jackson agreed on the condition that he send some scripts for the series… only for Amazon to ghost him.

About four, five years ago they asked if I’d be interested in it… So I said, ‘Have you got the scripts yet?’ Because I know how difficult the scripts were to write for the movies, and I didn’t know the people who wrote their scripts. They said, ‘Oh no, we don’t have the scripts yet, but as soon as we do, we’ll send you the scripts.’ So I waited for the scripts to arrive and they never did.

Although Peter Jackson never heard anything from Amazon regarding Rings of power, he has no hard feelings about the series and is excited to finally see it as a Tolkien fan. “I want to see itJackson said. “I’m not the type to wish ill will. Making movies is hard enough. If someone makes a good movie or a good TV show, that’s something to celebrate. The one thing I’m looking forward to is actually watching it as a completely neutral viewer.” As for why Amazon never sent any scripts, it seems to come down to a rights situation. In a response to Jackson’s comments, Amazon said:

In pursuing the rights to our show, we were committed to keeping the series separate and distinct from the movies. We have the utmost respect for Peter Jackson and That Lord of the Rings movie and is excited that he is looking forward to watching Rings of power.

In addition to the commitment to keep the films and TV series separate, sources have also suggested that JRR Tolkien’s estate was not keen on having Peter Jackson on board as they were not exactly fans of his trilogies.

The official synopsis of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power:

Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power brings the heroic legends of the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth history to the screen for the very first time. Set thousands of years before the events of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, this epic drama will take viewers back to an era where great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to greatness and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung in the finest threads, and the greatest villain ever to flow from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover the entire world in darkness. Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows an ensemble of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared resurgence of evil in Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the misty mountains, to the majestic forests of the elven capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the furthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after. they are gone.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will debut on Prime Video on 2 September 2022.

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