Amazon's Lord of the Rings TV series is currently in the early production stages. It's set to be a huge area of focus for the studio moving forward and it's sure to bring many new subscribers to the streaming platform, especially if it's a success.
With the release date drawing closer and closer we want to take a look at all the things we're excited about and everything we don't want to see in the series. So here's a list of 10 thoughts about the upcoming LOTR series that will undoubtedly take the world by storm.
10 DON'T WANT TO SEE: HOBBITS
The Hobbits have been the main focus of both Middle Earth trilogies that we've seen on the big screen. The species is certainly quirky and interesting and have provided amazing heroes like Bilbo and Frodo Baggins.
However, the characters have really been overdone now. While we are sure we will see a Hobbit in the series, it's certainly not going to be one of the main characters. Plus, they weren't really active in the world before Bilbo first ran away on an adventure.
9 CAN'T WAIT FOR: NEW ZEALAND
We really love New Zealand and all of the natural beauty that it has to offer. It's truly a fantastic location and we implore anyone to go and visit it's beautiful landscapes if you get the chance. The country has, of course, become famous for its inclusion in LOTR.
In order to really recreate the feelings of the films, the production team are going back to New Zealand to help make Middle Earth feel truly authentic. We're excited to see what else the country has to offer, as well as the creative talent that will come from the area.
8 DON'T WANT TO SEE: MORE TRAVELLING
Each film is built around a kind of adventure that requires a lot of vast traveling. The films, therefore, become journey films of sorts, where the plot is partially driven by the main characters getting from A to B, in order to achieve their quest.
We'd love for this TV series to be completely different from this. We don't want to watch our characters move cross country every single episode. It would be great if the series is propelled by something other than a long and winding quest.
7 CAN'T WAIT FOR: WORLD OF MIDDLE EARTH
The world of Middle Earth that Tolkien has created is certainly a compelling one. The species and stories that have come from his books are truly astounding and have gone on to be replicated in the majority of the genre.
We can't wait to get back to that original fantasy landscape and experience the dwarfs, elves, and dragons once again, in this really unique setting. The factions and characters that exist in this world are iconic and we're excited to revisit it all.
6 DON'T WANT TO SEE: GAME OF THRONES
It seems weird that we don't want to see the Song of Ice and Fire in a Lord of the Rings series, but there is an explanation for this. We are of course aware that LOTR came much before the HBO hit and George R.R. Martin books.
However, the series seems in many ways a reaction to the success of the fantasy TV series. We don't want another show trying to replicate what HBO tried to achieve. We want Amazon to take this project in a completely different direction that's more authentic to Tolkien's work.
5 CAN'T WAIT FOR: SAURON
Sauron is an absolutely brilliant villain in both literature and cinematic history. The design of the character, his motivations, and evil intent all make him feel incredibly imposing. Even his armies are one of the most despicable in the genre.
The time period of the second age of men means that we get to watch the rise of Sauron. We're absolutely fascinated by this story and we can't wait to see the villain on screen. He isn't charismatic or cool, he's just completely evil and fitting as an antagonist.
4 DON'T WANT TO SEE: MOVIE TIE-INS
The films are absolutely fantastic and many of them are worthy of Oscars. The prequel series is obviously not as well-loved, but regardless, the movies within this world have all been excellent contributions to cinema and the wider industry.
But, we don't want these films being forcibly tied into the events of the TV series. There's such a huge time difference between the two that we want them to feel quite separate so that the series can stand by itself as an equally great addition to the universe.
3 CAN'T WAIT FOR: HUGE BATTLES
One of the most impressive things about the LOTR series, apart from the impressive storytelling, is the mass scale of the battles. There's just no other battle sequences in movies quite like we've seen in the Middle Earth series. There's a logic to the battles that's completely unique.
We want this same intelligent style of action sequences to be carried over to the TV series. The budget is so large that we know it's possible to achieve battles on this scale. We believe that the action contributed here could be better than any other fantasy series.
2 DON'T WANT TO SEE: POLITICS
There's a lot of politics within the Middle Earth universe. We know that it's got to play a part in this upcoming story. The relationship between the Elves and Men have been explored in the past and likely will be again in this series.
However, we want this to be far less political than it has the potential to be. Too many series have recently tried to make it's narrative into some kind of political piece. We would rather this was a fantasy series through and through, with only a few political elements for story purposes.
1 CAN'T WAIT FOR: FURTHER LORE
The lore of Lord of the Rings is some of the richest that has ever been produced. Tolkien left a whole wealth of content to draw from and we hope that this is only further fleshed out. The Tolkien estate has final say on some of the changes made in the series.
The plot points and additional lore will, therefore, be respectful to what came before but also push the boundaries and introduce us to new elements that we had never considered before. We really want to learn some new things about this crazy place.