Director Peter Jackson revealed that, after some interactions, he was not involved in any way by the producers of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power series.
Peter Jackson is back to talk about the series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power revealing that he was literally ignored by the production of the series coming September 2 on Prime Video.
The director has updated fans on his involvement in the project, after hinting at some interactions with the studio in the past.
On the occasion of the podcast of The Hollywood Reporter hosted by Scott Feinberg, Peter Jackson had stated speaking of the series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power: “They asked me if I wanted to be involved. I replied ‘That is a question that is Impossible to answer without seeing a script. ‘So they said’ As soon as we have the first scripts, we will send them to you. ‘And they never appeared. That’s the last thing I heard. Okay. I’m not complaining at all. ” .
The director has now specified: “About four, five years ago, they asked me if I would be interested. So I said ‘Do you already have the scripts?’ Because I know how difficult it was to write the scripts for the films and I didn’t know the people who they were working on the show. They said ‘Oh no, we don’t have them yet, but as soon as we have them we will send them to you.’ So I was waiting for the scripts to arrive, and they never came. ” Jackson does not feel a grudge for the lack of involvement: “I’ll watch the series. I’m not the kind of person who wishes evil. Working in the industry is hard enough. If someone makes a good movie or TV series is something to celebrate. The one thing I can’t wait to do is actually see him as a perfectly neutral spectator. ”
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Amazon then commented on the situation by explaining: “In obtaining the rights to our series, we were obliged to keep the show independent and separate from the films. We have the greatest respect for Peter Jackson and the Lord of the Rings films and we are thrilled that he can’t wait to see The Rings of Power. “
According to sources in The Hollywood Reporter, behind the scenes there were changes in the production team and issues regarding the rights of the films and material used in the series, as well as the fact that Tolkien’s heirs were against involving Jackson. The site recalled Christopher Tolkien’s criticism that he had claimed the film trilogy had turned his father’s novels into action films, devoid of beauty and seriousness, that appealed to young people.