- Aug 25, 2001
The news is Amazon are remaking Lord of the Rings for their streaming service. For some reason.
You would hope so. But with how other high profile adaptions have gone recently they are upping the sex as the violence.I don't mind, I dislike the films because I feel like they misunderstood the 'feel' of the books in favour of something much bigger and brasher and more fighting-based. So there's always the chance that the TV show will be better.
https://www.tolkiensociety.org/2017/11/christopher-tolkien-resigns-as-tolkien-estate-director/I'm not sure I could be less enthusiastic about the prospect of a Middle-Earth series produced by Amazon.
I have a suspicion that they sneaked it through under the existing licensing contract as the Christopher Tolkien was (said to be) distinctly underwhelmed by the Trilogy, so God only knows what he made of the Hobbit mess.
As for Bombadil, he's certainly a divisive character but, by omitting him, Jackson also ditched the Fog on the Barrow Downs chapter which, I found one of the most evocative.
Will be interesting to see if the Amazon LOTR series includes that.
Looks terrible, sounds terrible, but I can think of one redeeming feature. It makes the hobbit movies look almost mediocre.
I have 2 HB pencils and also 2 2B pencils. Which are best for sticking in my eyes?I'm sorry to do this, but you need to see Amazon's fake fan response video (it's scripted) to understand what they're hoping to foist on the audience.
The video is unlisted, which means it doesn't turn up in search results—it looks as if there was some doubt as to whether to use it.
It's... unspeakably bad.
I haven't yet found them, but apparently the various Amazon regions have similarly scripted promos with different actors.
But those previous students of Tolkien were all wrong. It's only through the lens of modern Internet thinking can we understand his works.I have 2 HB pencils and also 2 2B pencils. Which are best for sticking in my eyes?
There are serious people who have studied Tolkien’s works at an academic level. Shame their work never amounted to the critique on a par of ‘Wow! This is awesome’.
Marketing fail. Chuck it in a volcano.