Opinion: You shall not pass!

I woke up this morning to an email alerting me to the fact that Warner Bros TV and Amazon are in talks to turn JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings into a TV series.

My jaw hit the floor.

I’m sorry but how can anyone think a new version of LOTR less than 20 years after Peter Jackson’s epic trilogy arrived in cinemas is a good idea? Oh yeh, the money men. Fools of a Took!

I make no bones about it, I loved and adored Jackson’s films.

I saw them numerous times in the cinema, I bought all the extended edition DVDs, I now have the Blu-Ray box set. I’ve been to New Zealand and done the Lord of the Rings tour. I’ve been lucky enough to talk to some of the cast over the years about the films. I love them with a capital L.

I can’t even fathom the idea of anyone but Ian McKellen as Gandalf, or Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel. Who on earth do you cast in those roles when they’re so burned into our psyche? What actor would want to take on the roles knowing they’ll always be compared to what’s gone before?

Yes there are some (small) issues with Jackson’s films. Tolkien purists will argue at the absence of Tom Bombadil (I always tend to skip over that bit in the books anyway – oh, I should mention I’ve read the books multiple times as well). Jackson’s vision of Treebeard didn’t really work. The Return of the King has far too many endings (although that is pretty true to the way Tolkien wrote it) and of course they left out the Scouring of the Shire.

But Return of the King won 11 Academy Awards for God’s sake. That trilogy is as close to cinema perfection as you may ever find.

I always knew at some point it would probably be remade, but not this soon! Not when I can still turn on my TV on a Saturday evening and find Fellowship playing and revel in pure joy as I’m taken back to Middle Earth once again.

It seems to me this is another example of Hollywood recycling an idea to squeeze every last penny out of it. But this time they’ve gone too far! Go back to the Shadow! You cannot pass.

Leave the Lord of the Rings alone, it’s mine, I found it, it’s my precious.

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