Starring Nazanin Boniadi, Peter Mullan, Benjamin Walker, and Morfydd Clark the upcoming web series titled ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power‘will bring back the legends, horrifying creatures and magic rings. Set thousands of years before the events of peter jackson‘s famous ‘LOTR’ trilogy, the series directed and executive produced by JA Bayona will have unique plot with new challenges and a fantastic new backdrop.
co-showrunner patrick mckay in a statement, said that the Amazon Prime Video show doesn’t compete with the founding film series and that the team has walked on JRR Tolkien‘s and Jackson’s path as mother ‘admirers’ of their craft.
“Anyone approaching ‘Lord Of The Rings’ on-screen would be wrong not to think about how wonderfully right Jackson got so much of it. But we’re admirers from afar, that’s it. The Rings Of Power doesn’t try to compete with him,” McKay said.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power has Tolkien’s ‘Middle-earth’ backdrop, shown in the film series, but on a different timeline, ie, the second age. The unique landscape takes ‘LOTR’ fans to an era of relative peace when great powers were forged, hope was at its highest peak, kingdoms rose to glory, heroes fought, and villains got covered in darkness.
Acknowledging similarities of ‘The Rings of Power’ with the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise and the former ‘LOTR’ films, McKay said that they’ve dug deep into the mystical world, which was treated superficially by competing properties previously. “There’s the whimsy, friendship, and humor that Harry Potter is so beloved for – but there’s sophistication, politics, history, mythology, and depth too. So, for us, it was about going deeper into what we are, rather than worrying about what other folks are doing,” Mckay said.
Shortly before the series hits the big screens, fans of another popular fantasy drama’Game Of Thrones‘ will be treated to the prequel series ‘House of the Dragon‘. ‘”There’s no comparison between these two properties” says McKay who adds that the makers of this ‘LOTR’ prequel are focused on Tolkien’s mission.
“You can psych yourself out in keeping up with the Joneses, but one of the mantras on this was to ‘go back to the source material.’ What would Tolkien do? Some of these other competing properties – they play one octave beautifully, but Tolkien was playing every note on the piano. He had that variety of tones,” said Mckay.
‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power‘ begins streaming on September 2nd, 2022.