Attention, Ringers: Lord of the Rings is about to get a multi-season TV series. Because the one thing we all thought after watching nine hours of hobbits running around Middle Earth was, ‘Gee, I wish this was longer.’ Amazon announced Monday that they have purchased the rights to create a Lord of the Rings TV series prequel that supposedly will take place before the 2001 LOTR triology.
Details are scarce at the moment and the streaming service hasn’t given us any insight into casting or writing as of yet. They will be working with New Line Cinema, who produced all the movies, so that could be a good sign. Amazon has also suggested that there’s potential for a spin-off series too (which means almost nothing to us because there isn’t anything to spin off of yet). The million-dollar question really is if we’re going to get to see Orlando Bloom don that blonde wig again (that never gets old).
Fans are conflicted on the announcement. Mostly, they’re wondering if this series will actually be any good.
— Nick Brisbon (@NBrisbon) November 13, 2017
Re: Amazon’s LORD OF THE RINGS series pic.twitter.com/GDBVLkx61R
— James Garcia (@thereeljames) November 13, 2017
I’m not watching the “Lord of the Rings” show if you’re bringing in new actors to play the characters. I better see Elijah Wood as Frodo I don’t care how old he looks
— Lily Graceellterins (@LGraceellterins) November 13, 2017
I’ll be mad if they ruin the Lord of the Rings.
Don’t mess with my nerd side. pic.twitter.com/MzHohnmpuY
— Mad Queen (@cersei_got) November 13, 2017
Others pointed out that the whole prequel idea doesn’t really make sense. What was The Hobbit trilogy if not nine hours of prequel?
“A “prequel” to “Lord of the Rings” annouced by Amazon today.”
*looks at “The Hobbit” DVD collection in confusion.* pic.twitter.com/dpYMEL5aSf
— Carter Bowman (@CarterBowman91) November 13, 2017
Some people were here to help with creative suggestions for show names and more diversity. (Seriously, why was everyone in Middle Earth white?)
Some potential names for a Lord of the Rings TV series:
Law & Mordor
Orc & Mindy
Mordor, She Wrote
— The Incredible Sulk (@TurnUp_TheTweet) November 13, 2017
hope to see poc in the new lord of the rings tv series. they gotta stop with the idea that poc couldn’t exist in this fictional fantasy world, but dragons could https://t.co/OPbEkSq8Dv
— nerdy (@nerdyasians) November 13, 2017
If you’re going to do a Lord of Rings TV show surely a sitcom is the way to go.
— joe (@mutablejoe) November 14, 2017
And then some fans just aren’t about it. Leave us with the books and the existing films.
amazon announcing lord of the rings prequel without any writer attached? pic.twitter.com/3Z5cvAXu9s
— Chloe 🌸 (@meltonwhiz) November 13, 2017
amazon: prequel to lord of the rings coming soon 😉
fandom: don’t do this… please stop
— georgia 💫 (@astudyinpinkk) November 13, 2017
me, an intellectual: “lord of the rings would thrive with the right kind of treatment in a serial format”
me, in the grips of my lizard brain: “THEY’LL RUIN IT BURN IT DOWN”
— Abraham De Lacy Guiseppe Casey Thomas O’Malley (@gayjamesbond) November 13, 2017