The vastly expensive The Lord Of The Rings TV series is currently gearing up at Amazon and the streaming service has finally found its showrunners.
TVLine reports that JD Payne and Patrick McKay have been chosen to take us back to Middle Earth. The duo don’t have the longest list of credits right now (nothing beyond being uncredited writers on Star Trek Beyond), but they’re writing JJ Abrams’ fourth Star Trek movie and the Jungle Cruise film starring Dwayne Johnson, and they were in the writers room for Godzilla Vs Kong.
In a statement, the duo said “The rich world that JRR Tolkien created is filled with majesty and heart, wisdom and complexity. We are absolutely thrilled to be partnering with Amazon to bring it to life anew. We feel like Frodo, setting out from the Shire, with a great responsibility in our care — it is the beginning of the adventure of a lifetime.”
Currently, there are absolutely no details about what the series will be beyond the fact that it’s a billion dollar deal for Amazon (and very possibly why they got a bit cancel-happy with some of their shows a few months back). A return for Ian McKellen’s Gandalf is very possible, and Amazon has suggested that the door is open for Peter Jackson to come back in some capacity if he’d like.
At this stage it’s difficult to know how to feel about the whole thing but we’re definitely keen to learn more. Fingers crossed for more details soon.
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