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Post by Forest Shepherd on Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:36 am

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But will any of us actually even care enough anymore to bother tuning in by that point?

I didn't mean on the forum here actually. I'm sure most people on here will see it though when it does come out.

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Post by halfwise on Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:10 pm

I don't actually talk about Tolkien-related stuff anywhere except here.

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Post by Forest Shepherd on Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:02 pm

Not even with family or friends? I talk about it with my sister quite often, and frequently relate the more interesting bits from Forumshire to her as well as read some of the juicier fictions.

I'm afraid she's become quite strongly anti-Petty when it comes to all things Doctor Who, thanks to my relating his thoughts. I'm sure Petty wouldn't mind some "healthy crabbit" on her part though. Smile



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Post by halfwise on Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:29 pm

The vast majority of people aren't Tolkien geeks. There's a bunch of Tolkien-lite produced by the movies.

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Thu Mar 22, 2018 12:55 am

'quite strongly anti-Petty'- Forest

{{ oh great thanks!- now my better half wants that on a t-shirt! Evil or Very Mad  
(Is your sister by any chance a Tennant fan-girl that likes her Who set round a kitchen sink in contemporary London where the Doctor alternatives between whining about himself and declaring he is a God and making eyes at his companion, whilst waiting on an unmentioned so far plot device to turn up in the last ten minutes and solve everything?- just stoking the crabbit! Wink )}}}


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Post by Forest Shepherd on Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:45 am

Ooh-hoo-hoo, just wait till I tell her you said that!

She does have a certain healthy appreciation for Tennant, bordering on a manic obsession. But then so do I, haha.

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Post by Mrs Figg on Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:48 pm

Forest Shepherd wrote:Not even with family or friends? I talk about it with my sister quite often, and frequently relate the more interesting bits from Forumshire to her as well as read some of the juicier fictions.

I'm afraid she's become quite strongly anti-Petty when it comes to all things Doctor Who, thanks to my relating his thoughts. I'm sure Petty wouldn't mind some "healthy crabbit" on her part though. Smile




I like your sister already. Wink she has good taste in Doctor Whos

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Post by chris63 on Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:33 am

Not seen this before, but has some good plot speculations.


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Re: Amazon, Warner Bros in Talks for LOTR Series Adaptation: Variety

Post by halfwise on Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:27 pm

Den of Geek just posted this:


Of the plethora of original content that Amazon Studios has planned, its highly-discussed The Lord of the Rings television project has become the clear focus of the news coverage; something that tends to happen when it’s revealed that the studio – which paid $250 million for the rights – will drop about $1 billion for the project, making it the most expensive small screen endeavors of all time. Consequently, the studio’s newly-appointed head, Jennifer Salke, has some updates on its progress.

Salke, who says that the studio's new content initiative will use Amazon Prime to “create a home for talent” that ranges “across all platforms of genre,” dishes to Deadline about the current state of the mysterious Lord of the Rings television project. First and foremost, Salke probably wants fans to slow their roll somewhat, since the deal – despite being announced back in November – was only just recently locked down. Yet, creative meetings have been held. As Salke explains:

“Despite all the noise around Lord of the Rings, the deal only closed like a month ago. But in the meantime, I’ve sat with Simon Tolkien for a couple of hours, and [Amazon TV executive] Sharon [Tal Yguado] has spent tons of time with them. She had spent the last couple of months meeting anyone who had said, I’m really passionate about it and I want to get in and talk about the show and what’s possible.”

The name-drop of Simon Tolkien, the grandson of mythology creator J.R.R. Tolkien, is an intriguing revelation. Of course, Simon’s father (and J.R.R.’s son), Christopher Tolkien, has long served as the inheritor of the Middle Earth authorial legacy, having curated the numerous posthumous works of J.R.R., notably the mythology’s epoch-spanning tome, The Silmarillion. Yet, Christopher is 93 years-old, and it appears that Simon – in a way akin to hero Aragorn – could finally embrace this proverbial IP throne later in life (he’s 59 himself and only just started writing within the last decade).

Interestingly Salke does confirm that Amazon’s work with The Lord of the Rings IP is currently contained to only one television series, describing it as “one big series.” While she doesn't confirm the focus of the project (as rumors point to a chronicle of the early years of Aragorn,) she does confirm that, “we’re not remaking the movies, but we’re also not starting from scratch. So, it’ll be characters you love,” stopping short of confirming said characters. Yet, she does hint that considerations are being made to – like the Peter Jackson’s film trilogies – shoot the sprawling exterior of Middle Earth in the New Zealand countryside, explaining:

“I think we might be in New Zealand. I don’t know, but we’re going to have to go somewhere interesting that could provide those locations in a really authentic way, because we want it to look incredible. There’s no shortage of ambition for the project. We’ll go where we need to go to make it happen.”

At this point, we have the confirmed involvement of a Tolkien (though not yet permanent,) and a possible return to New Zealand; ideas that should delight fans. However, another major story surrounding The Lord of the Rings TV project has been the prospective involvement of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movie trilogy visionary, Peter Jackson. While Jackson himself recently stated that he is not involved (at least, for now,) Salke’s comments on the Jackson matter seem more open-ended, stating:

“The Peter Jackson conversations, right now we’re right in the middle of them. It’s like, how much do you want to be involved, how little? I know there’s been some discussion, and he’s even said some things, but as far as I’m aware, the latest is that we’re just in a conversation with him about how much or how little he would be involved.”

Discussing the project’s current creative vacancy, Salke also seems to provide a loose timetable, affirming:

“I think you’ll see us honing in on a strategy in the next month, which might involve a group of writers. Clearly, there’ll be someone in charge, but it involves the estate and Peter Jackson, and there’s a lot of conversations.”

Indeed, to put the current state of Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings television project into classic storyline terms, it has yet to even leave the Shire. However, barring the pessimistic possibility of it becoming a billion-dollar boondoggle, the prospect of (once-again) returning to the live-action Middle Earth is undoubtedly an exciting one. We’ll certainly be following things closely as they develop!


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Post by Mrs Figg on Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:37 am

bloody hell! Shocked oh please not another Hobbit moment. I caught two minutes of it the other day, and that was enough to know it was hideous.

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Post by azriel on Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:26 am

My hope for this colossal story is, please keep it real. I don't want to see Max Factor make up, L'oreal hair products, manicured vinyl nails, bleached white toothy pegs yadda yadda yadda. I want dirty nails, a bit chewed, messy hair, but not caked in bird shite, no, it doesn't condition the scalp ! Clothes that have been lived in not sent back from the dry cleaners. I want to hear leather creak & cotton rip. It may be fantasy but, its a time before recorded time when life was outdoors, people rode horses, horses sweat & get muddy. You get rained on. People worked with their hands because Black And Decker didn't have a patent. Any sign of Hollywood style glitz & IL switch off.

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:31 pm

a possible return to New Zealand; ideas that should delight fans- den of geek

{{What makes them think that?- no it does not! delight me!!  Evil or Very Mad NZ is shit for it, not even the right hemisphere- and if your doing Young Aragorn he spends a shitload of time in Rohan- and NZ doesn't have any steppes, plains or grasslands which is why Rohan in the films looks more like a rocky Scottish hillside, completely inappropriate to a horse based culture and economy Mad

'the prospective involvement of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movie trilogy visionary, Peter Jackson'

Just fuck off PJ. Please, seriously just go, exit stage left, get the fuck out- enough damage has already been done. }}}

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Post by Mrs Figg on Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:39 pm

he may try to redeem himself, after all people are now used to the amazing mix of gritty realism and fantasy that is GOT. you cant go back. it wont be Legend of the Seeker, complete with palm trees and Ozzy accents.

edit Legend of the Seeker was fun. Embarassed imagine Kate Middleton as an Elf, yeah Elf.

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Post by halfwise on Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:50 pm

Arwen can wear make-up and have clean nails. I think it's an elf thing.

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Post by chris63 on Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:33 am

Peter Jackson not involved in tv series.


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Post by halfwise on Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:39 pm

Looks like Weta will be involved, which is a sensible move because so much set design is in the bag, but from other sources Amazon is looking for its own writers, which I'm also happy about.

I have to assume they've kept their bigatures. Are sets the property of the studio that ordered them or the shop that made them? It seems that if they are going to reuse Weta designs they'll have to sign contracts with Newline. How about the electronic environments?

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Post by bungobaggins on Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:22 pm

Please keep Philippa Boyens away from this. Please.

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{{I second that plea!!!! }}}

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Post by azriel on Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:49 am

Regarde vous, Peejers in zee middle with aptly named pain ( Boyens)  & panic (Walsh) either side


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Post by malickfan on Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:20 pm

azriel wrote:Regarde vous, Peejers in zee middle with aptly named pain ( Boyens)  & panic (Walsh) either side


Where did you get that picture of Petty from? I thought he didn't like his photo being taken Suspect Wink

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Post by malickfan on Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:25 pm

bungobaggins wrote:Please keep Philippa Boyens away from this. Please.

Well there's a morbid part of me that kinda hopes she sticks around on the writing team, I'm utterly indifferent to this TV series and haven't been keeping up much with news or rumours...but at least Boyens continuing would give us all a fair amount to discuss/rant about long before any hard details about the series are released. With the rumours that Jackson/Weta/New Zealand will be involved in some form or other it will be interesting to see if the colossal success of the Jackson films will hold too big a creative shadow over the new production team...why bother expanding and reinventing Middle earth for a new generation and platform if all you are going to do is ape the decades old template by a artist working in a different creative medium?

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:43 pm

at least Boyens continuing would give us all a fair amount to discuss/rant about- Malick

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