> television adaptation will explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring
So it's not going to tell the main story itself, which is probably wise given the film adaptations aren't even that old.
Maybe it's just me I'm not super-excited by this news. I wish there were more original universes being created with the insane amount of TV money swirling around these days. This just feels like a very safe "me too Game of Thrones" play.
- The Expanse
- American Gods, Good Omens
- Kingkiller Chronicles (being produced by Lin-Manuel Miranda)
- Wheel of Time
However, if you mean the former, then I agree, although there are new shows, they just don't have high budgets like those with followings already.
Sweet, maybe we'll get book 3 on TV before in print like Game of Thrones!
The only real hope I have is that it feels like Rothfuss wouldn't let his series be finished by TV in the way GoT has for ASOIF. Also Rothfuss claimed to have a 'finished manuscript' in 2014, so there is hope.
As far as my understanding of the very complex and sad story of LotR rights goes, they can't/. In a nutshell, JRRT has sold all non-printing rights for LotrR and Hobbit a long time ago, and they are currently held by the entity (currently) called Middle-earth Enterprises , a division of The Saul Zaentz Company. This basically boils down to them having the final world on any derivative work that includes the characters, locations and some other elements from the novels.
The rest of the rights belong to the Tolkien Estate , which is a legal entity controlled primarily by Tolkien's son Christopher. The Estate have for long been opposed to any derivative works, but they have apparently changed their stance, considering they are the ones Amazon made the deal with.
So I expect we won't see any of the Fellowship, nor places like Rivendell, Moria or Minas-Tirith; but there are plenty of areas in Middle-earth with enough stories to explore -- early days of Arnor and Gondor, Dol Amroth etc.
The exile of the Noldor could be interesting, but iirc, it's really in the form of a Germanic saga, so it would really need a lot of filling out of details and characterization.
When publishing these, they try not to modify the original writings, which is nice, but also frustrating, because they aren't written in a way that Tolkien deemed them ready for publishing. What I would really love is for them to publish the originals, but also give them to other fantasy authors and let them adapt it into a complete novel. A TV show is less exciting (for me), but could be interesting.
No more than Game of Thrones was a "me too Lord of the Rings" play. I mean, seriously, Tolkien's work was first in both book and movie/TV form.
Its hard to drum up tension for a battle when you know the hero/ine will survive.
But let me try another counter: how much more enjoyable were the big scenes in Game of Thrones? I think you know the ones I am talking about.
I still enjoy rewatching Breaking Bad but the shock and recognition of watching these shows the first time is superior.
LotR takes place at the end of the Third Age and Tolkien expanded that into the three novels, but he also wrote (and his son co-wrote, edited and published) The Silmarillion, which covered everything until the end of the Third Age.
I always thought The Silmarillion contained enough source material to make a dozen "LotR"s and keep everything consistent within the same universe. I hope that do that instead of a "Young Aragorn" type of deal.
Personally, if they include Tom Bombadil in the show it will be entirely worth it for me.
OTOH, despite creative quibbles it's hard to imagine surpassing the film versions, so maybe I can just watch those a few more times.
The convenience, though, means I buy a lot of stuff I don't care about (or otherwise can't readily find) from them.
Wheel of Time (Robert Jordan)
Stormlight Archive; Mistborn (Brandon Sanderson)
Belgariad and Malloreon (David Eddings)
Discworld (Terry Pratchett)
Sword of Shannara (Terry Brooks)
The Liveship Traders trilogy (Robin Hobb)
The Earthsea tri(penta)logy (Ursula LeGuin)
Tigana (Guy Gavriel Kay)
Gentlemen Bastards (aka Locke Lamora) series (Scott Lynch)
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (Susanna Clarke)
For Sci Fi, Netflix is currently making a series based on Altered Carbon which I'm very excited for - I love that series to death (Richard K Morgan, author).
Too many of the books/episodes had me going: well i can start reading the first chapter of the next book and it'll be fine at 1am.
One advantage of worlds like Westeros and Middle-earth is that they're pretty much immediately familiar to most Western readers: they're basically just a condensed version of Europe and its immediate vicinity -- geography, history and all. There are some amazingly detailed settings which are more difficult to feel immediately connected with, and some of them also feature amazing stories with great characters -- Ursula LeGuin's Earthsea is a prime example (yes, there was a TV series based on it, but we should collectively forget about it; it got wrong everything it could).
As I've said elsewhere, one of the best fantasy series I've recently encountered -- and IMO ideally suited for TV treatment -- is the Liveship Traders trilogy by Robin Hobb. While technically set in the same world as the much better known Farseer Trilogy (and its sequels) it is a completely separate, and IMO much better written story.
For my money, it would include Orson Scott Card, William Gibson, Neal Stephenson, and Isaac Asimov.
Maybe its because of the cell phone problem.
LOTR is a bit played out, the Hobbitrilogy kinda beat it to death.