The Lord of the Rings: Netflix and HBO had totally crazy projects before the Amazon series

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Before Amazon scooped the rights to The Lord of the Rings, competitors Netflix and HBO had big ambitions for Tolkien's work.

The most expensive series in history has landed on Amazon since September 2, 2022. If Jeff Bezos' company program looks like he's lost the battle in the series' ultimate duel against House of the Dragon, the other phenomenon of the moment, although he hasn't revealed all his cards yet and that the last episodes will be more brilliant (who knows?) like episode 6 of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power to look like red alert in black Mordor.

On the other hand, if the service has won a war, it is that for obtaining the rights to the series. If we knew that Netflix, HBO or even Apple tried to leave with sesame, no one was aware of what they intended to do with it. At least until The Hollywood Reporter sheds some light on this and describes what Netflix and HBO had up their sleeves.

We are told in particular that HBO intended to reboot Peter Jackson's beloved trilogy. A daring bet since the sign had to go behind the success of more than three billion dollars which won 17 Oscars. However, the proposal did not appeal to Christopher Tolkien, the author's son, who even mentioned that the giant had “eviscerated” his father's work (it hurts).

For its part, Netflix's business plan would have literally scared the rights holders (it's not even a joke). The firm at N rouge was indeed planning a whole panoply of spin-off series to capitalize on the density of J.R.R. Tolkien's universe. The juggernaut could have taken inspiration from Marvel to capitalize on the late writer's writings. Among the ideas that germinated in the box, an episodic story about Gandalf was envisaged as well as a drama about Aragorn.

One thing is certain, whatever happened, The Lord of the Rings would have resurfaced. However, we will have to settle for the Amazon series The Rings of Power. If we can always fantasize about these projects which, a priori, will not see the light of day, we can believe (in view of the reluctance of the owners of the rights) that they would have been worse and even less faithful to the original work that the production recently released.

Finally, maybe thanking Amazon would be a good thing. Even if the proposed attempt is far from perfect, it seems that it was the party that was the most sincere and faithful in its approach to adaptation. Noble intentions that must have played in favor of the firm to seize the coveted ring. On the other hand, to see what it gives, the episodes are released every week on Friday on Prime Video.

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