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An Initial Teaser For The 'Lord Of The Rings' Series Introduces The Creative Team

Amazon presents the people in charge of recreating Middle Earth for the small screen.

Amazon had some happy news for Tolkien fans at its press conference at the Television Critics Association. The streaming platform took advantage of the occasion to reveal the creative team behind the series The Lord of the Rings, introducing the men and women working behind the scenes to recreate Middle Earth on the small screen. While several names had already been released, including those of the two showrunners, Amazon has since brought on board some rather appealing new team members.

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The duo overseeing the show are J. D. Payne and Patrick McKay, two young Hollywood screenwriters who are also set to bring the Star Trek franchise to the big screen and create a Flash Gordon reboot. The writers' room is fairly evenly balanced between men and women, with screenwriters Gennifer Hutchison (Better Call Saul), Helen Shang (Hannibal), Glenise Mullins (Kingdom), Stephany Folsom (Toy Story 4), Bryan Cogman (Game of Thrones), Jason Cahill (The Sopranos) and Justin Doble (Stranger Things) all on board.

Their CVs are the stuff of dreams, and the rest of the team are just as promising. J. A. Bayona, the director of The Orphanage and of two episodes of Penny Dreadful, will direct the first two episodes of Season 1. As for the costumes, a very important part of Tolkien's imagery, costume designer Kate Hawley (Suicide Squad, Pacific Rim, Crimson Peak) will be bringing to life the Elves, Dwarfs and other inhabitants of Gondor. 

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Another essential component of The Lord of the Rings are the special effects. To ensure that demonic creatures like the Balrogs and trolls are believable, Amazon has hired expert Jason Smith (Avengers, Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean). He'll be drawing on illustrations and artwork by John Howe, the artistic director of Peter Jackson's trilogy. Finally, Thomas Alan Shippey, a university professor and medieval literature expert who is well-known for his studies on Tolkien, will be a consultant on the series. 

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Production for the new adaptation will begin in 2020. Amazon has invested almost a billion dollars (including 250 million for the adaptation rights alone) in this project, which is intended to last for five seasons. The first season will be set during the Second Age of Middle Earth and will focus mostly on the fall of Númenor. The search for the cast will be the next job for this talented group brought together by Amazon. 

 

Article translated by: Eleanor Staniforth

By Adrien Delage, published on 30/07/2019

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