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Lord of the Rings on TV? No thanks.

An opinion piece on the upcoming Lord of the Rings TV adaption. IS NOTHING SAFE?

We seem to be in age of unoriginal thought. Reboot this, remake that. Whilst some can prove to be commercial success (see Star Trek Discovery and 12 Monkeys), there are some things that need to be left well alone, Lord of the Rings being one of them.

The adaption of the books were amazing, there are very few people I know who loved the books and hated the movies. Peter Jackson and the whole cast managed to deliver a near-perfect trilogy with the blockbuster tales of Tolkien, but like anything pure in this moneymaking world, things cannot go left untouched.

The show, which will be created and released by Amazon Prime, is shaping up to be one of the most expensive TV shows ever created, already expecting to cost $1billion for five (yes FIVE) seasons.

I know this may prove to be an exciting bit of news for fans of the books but I really cannot get my head round it at all. Although Amazon are chasing Peter Jackson to be a producer on the show, and even Sir Ian Mckellen has expressed interest in returning to his role as Gandalf the Grey, it feels as though it should be something that needs to not happen.

The original trilogy gathered a staggering $5.85billion between 2001 and 2003 when they hit the silver screen, so I suppose the streaming service are hoping to generate another impressive figure. Whilst Amazon Prime can deliver when it comes to long-running TV action dramas like the awesome Vikings (originally a History Channel flagship) one cannot help but think that maybe this is one step too far.

To paraphrase Bilbo Baggins, Bag End, Hobbiton, 111: “No, thank you! We don’t want any more remakes, reboots, or distant relations!”

What do you think? Are you ready to retread the steps to Mordor?

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