Director Peter Jackson has pretty much set the golden standard for Lord of the Rings adaptations, and a lot of fans thought he was involved in the making of Amazon’s The Rings of Power, which was so similar in tone.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, Jackson and his writing partner Fran Walsh were ‘very frustrated that so many believed they were involved with Amazon’s show,’ and both are now in talks with WB/New Line about being involved with their new Lord of the Rings projects that have been recently announced.
Last year Jackson had confirmed that the series had originally reached out to him for his input on Rings of Power, but after a company executive shake-up, he was never sent any scripts. If anything, fans who don’t like Jackson’s adaptation do exist, and maybe they prefer how Rings of Power leans a lot closer to the Middle-earth lore.
If you followed the behind-the-scenes stories of the making of The Hobbit trilogy, you’ll know that Jackson was kind of thrust in a nightmare trying to make deadlines and meet studio demands. I don’t know how eager he would be to jump back into the world of Tolkien again, but I wouldn’t mind if he stayed on as a producer, guiding new directors who could bring something fresh to the world of Middle-earth.
We don’t know when the first WB LOTR spinoff will release, but we are getting an animated War of the Rohirrim movie coming out soon. In the meantime, you can check out The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.