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Netflix's plans for its own "Lord of the Rings" series got the no go
SirMadsen posted a blog entry in Sirmadsen's BlogThe streaming service had grand, Marvel-inspired plans for Tolkien's Middle-earth, with new TV series about Aragorn and Gandalf. JRR Tolkien's relatives have been quite protective of the rights to his books and characters. After Peter Jackson's film trilogies, it took a long time before Amazon was allowed to record "The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power" which we have been able to stream this fall. But Amazon was far from the only streaming service trying to get its paws on the precioussss rights. A major article published by THR reveals that both HBO and Netflix were involved in the bidding war. HBO's plan was a remake of the "Lord of the Rings" movies, something Tolkien's family wasn't too keen on. And even though Netflix actually offered "hundreds of millions more" than Amazon, they got the nod. The reason was Netflix's gigantic pitch, where they wanted to take on Midgard with several new television projects. Among other things, "a TV series about Gandalf and a drama about Aragorn" are mentioned. "They wanted to do like Marvel and it scared the crap out of Tolkien's family," says a source. Amazon were the ones who ultimately came up with the winning idea, but still had to shell out well over $200 million for the rights. Since this summer, the Swedish game group Embracer has been managing the rights, and they have already talked about the availability of several new films, series and games. Who knows, maybe Netflix will get the opportunity to dive into Middle-earth after all?
It has long been confirmed that Amazon is working on a TV series based on Fallout. The last we heard was that Jonathan Nolan will direct the series. Jonathan is the brother of the more famous Christopher Nolan. He has also worked a lot with his brother and helped in many of his films and projects. Now it has been confirmed that the actor Walton Goggins has signed for a lead role, he is known for Django Unchained, The Hateful Eight, The Shield and Sons of Anarchy. There are also rumors that he will play a so-called ghoul, but this is something that has not yet been confirmed. Amanzon aims for the series to go into production this year, which means that it will be a while before it reaches us viewers.
Amazon is creating a new Blade Runner series
SirMadsen posted a blog entry in Sirmadsen's BlogAmazon Studios has launched a new Blade Runner series, with Ridley Scott as executive producer. Scott may also direct some episodes. The series takes place 50 years after Blade Runner 2049, and will thus be called Blade Runner 2099, according to Deadline. The series should reportedly have high priority, and want to get the series out as soon as possible. The series is still in the script stage, but Amazon have started looking at possible dates for the start of production. There is no release date yet - not so strange considering the still early stage.