The creative crew behind the upcoming The Lord of the Rings TV show on Amazon Prime has been revealed, and people who've worked on some of the best movies and TV shows of all time are confirmed to be working on the project. Such is the immense talent level needed to bring Middle Earth to life on the small screen.
The details concerning the upcoming TV show based on The Lord of the Rings have been scant so far. It'll likely be the most expensive TV show of all time, Markella Kavenagh has been cast and will be playing a character named Tyra, the show will be set during the Second Age of Middle-earth, and J.A. Bayona will be directing at least two episodes, which will be partly be filmed in New Zealand. There are still a lot of unanswered questions regarding the story of the show, and how it will tie into the events of the books & movies.
The creative team behind The Lord of the Rings TV show has now been revealed via video on its official Twitter page, and there are some impressive names on the roster. The showrunners are JD Payne and Patrick McKay, who both wrote the original draft of Star Trek Beyond before it was replaced with Simon Pegg's script. The writers are Gennifer Hutchinson (Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad, The X-Files), Helen Shang (Hannibal, Hawaii Five-0), Jason Cahill (Fringe, NYPD Blue, The Sopranos), Glenise Mullins (Kingdom, Terminator Genysis), Justin Doble (Almost Human, Stranger Things), Bryan Cogman (Game of Thrones), and Stephany Folsom (Toy Story 4). J.A. Bayona was mentioned once more as the director for the first two episodes. Belén Atienza (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Pan's Labirynth) Bruce Richmond (Game of Thrones, Westworld), Gene Kelly (Boardwalk Empire, The Pacific), and Lindsey Weber (Star Trek Beyond) would serve as executive producers. Ron Ames (Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Aviator) would act as a co-producer, Kate Hawley (Suicide Squad) would serve as a costume designer, Rick Heinrichs (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) will be a production designer, and Jason Smith (The Avengers) will be a visual effects supervisor.
Meet our Fellowship. pic.twitter.com/Npouu6ZlRt— The Lord of the Rings on Prime (@LOTRonPrime) July 27, 2019
The creative team behind The Lord of the Rings Tv show will also include people who are intimately familiar with the source material, as Tom Shippey is part of the production. Shippey is a world-renowned expert on the works of Tolkien, and he was involved with the production of the original The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. The crew will also include artist John Howe, who worked as a conceptual designer on both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movie trilogies. Clearly, those involved with the Amazon series value the input of those who previously helped realize Tolkien adaptations.
The Lord of the Rings TV show has an amazing talent roster behind it, and there are now a lot of reasons to be excited about the final product. The question now is whether this dynamic team will be able to see that the show arrives by its originally expected premiere in 2021.