The Return of an Epic Fantasy Adventure


Brandon Schroh, Reporter

In the early 2000s, Peter Jackson blew the minds of audiences and critics alike with his spectacular adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings.” The trilogy of fantasy adventures was so well received that it earned seventeen Oscars including Best Picture (making “Return of the King” the first fantasy movie to win Best Picture).

Since then, the Lord of the Rings franchise has become less and less relevant. The recent Hobbit movies which served as prequels to the originals were not met with nearly as much acclaim as the originals. Also, the genre of fantasy has been more or less dominated by the epic HBO series “Game of Thrones.”

However, a reimagining of Middle Earth for the modern era has been announced. An estimated five season long “Lord of the Rings” TV series is being made by Amazon.

With “Game of Thrones” reported to be ending soon and with streaming services more or less replacing cable television, bringing the beloved fantasy franchise to the small screen may make more sense than it seems at first glance. What “Rings” fans may be excited to hear is that Amazon may be hiring Peter Jackson as an executive producer.

As promising as this series may seem, fans probably have a few doubts in the back of their mind. Namely that there is already a perfectly good “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Why remake something that’s already been remade? While the answer may not be clear, there are some advantages to an episodic adaptation. Namely that it can cover more of the source material. But until the series premieres, we can only wonder how Middle Earth will fair in the modern world.