Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy is simply the best movie series ever made, so it’s no surprise that Amazon approached him for his thoughts and commitment to the upcoming Ring of Thrones franchise, which is also Based on Tolkien’s universe. Granted, the show isn’t trying to imitate the movie, but the input from an accomplished director like Jackson is what anyone would expect.
Surprisingly, however, they hung him up as soon as they contacted him. “They asked me if I wanted to be involved in— [writer-producer Fran Walsh] And I — I said, ‘That’s a question that can’t be answered without reading the script,'” Jackson said in hollywood reporterThe Awards Chatter Podcast. “So they said, ‘Once we get the first scripts, we’ll send them to you.’ And the scripts never came. That was the last thing I heard, which was fine. No complaints at all. “
Jackson mentioned that Amazon reached out to him about four to five years ago — around the time production started — and asked if he wanted to get involved. He asked if they had a script, because that was the only way he could tell—and he was told he would share it with him once they were ready. The Lord of the Rings: Ring of Thrones is set to hit theaters this August, but Jackson still hasn’t received a script.
But he didn’t seem to mind and wished the team all the best. “I’ll watch,” he said. “I’m not one of those people with bad intentions. It’s hard enough to make a movie. If someone makes a good movie or TV show, that’s something to celebrate. One of the things I’m looking forward to is actually seeing it as a complete neutral audience.”
Responding to Jackson’s statement, Amazon said: “In securing the rights to our show, we have an obligation to keep the series distinct from the movies. We have great respect for Peter Jackson and the Lord of the Rings films and are thrilled that he is looking forward to watching” The Lord of the Rings”.”
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