Late last year, it was announced that Amazon has purchased the television rights to create a TV series based upon J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. The news caused a great deal of excitement among fans and we were eager to see what aspect of the War of the Ring the series will focus on, and whether or not it will tie in to Peter Jackson’s excellent film adaptations.
Since the announcement, it has been revealed that Amazon spent a quarter of a billion dollars for the rights alone, and that’s not considering how much it will cost to create the series itself. There have also been reports that Peter Jackson has been in talks with the company about being involved the ambitious show.
Those eagerly anticipating the new show will be excited to learn that new reports suggest that the series will focus on a young Aragorn, who is a key member of the Fellowship and goes on to become the king of Gondor. The first season will apparently follow a younger Aragorn before he becomes involved with the War of the Ring.
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For those who are a little rusty when it comes to their Tolkien, Aragorn is a member of the Dúnedain, who descend from a great race of men called the Númenóreans. Descendants of the Númenóreans are still mortal men, but have much longer lifespans than most. Aragorn was 210 when he died and was in 80’s during the events of The Lord of the Rings. He was raised by Lord Elrond in the Elven town of Rivendell as a child and went on to become a ranger when he came of age. As a ranger he fought in numerous battles, fell in love with Elrond’s daughter Arwen, and became a close friend of Gandalf the Grey, so there’s certainly plenty for Amazon to pick from when exploring Aragorn’s early life.
Given that it has been stated season one will follow Aragorn, that could imply that each season will focus on different characters, but that remains to be seen. It would certainly be great if Amazon’s series explored more of the backstory of characters and events featured in Jackson’s film trilogy. Would you be interested in following Aragorn’s early life? Who should play the young ranger?
Picnic at Hanging Rock is an Australian historical fiction novel by Joan Lindsay set on 1900. The novel’s plot focuses on a group of students at an Australian girls’ boarding school who vanished without a trace at Hanging Rock, Victoria, while on a Valentine’s Day outing. The critically acclaimed novel was first published in 1967 and reprinted by Penguin in 1975.
A limited series of the novel is due to arrive on May 25th 2018, on Amazon Prime! It will star Natalie Dormer, Samara Weaving, Madeleine Madden, Lily Sullivan, Lola Bessis, Yael Stone, Anna McGahan, Sibylla Budd, Ruby Rees and Inez Curro.
Check out the trailer below.
The film has been in the works for several years but now we finally get a look at what to expect with the release of the first official trailer. The film uses motion capture technology to capture the actors’ facial expressions as well as their voices, so the main animals look somewhat similar to the actors and actresses voicing them. Read More
In various articles Danler has said that although she has some in common with the novel’s protagonist Tess, she is not based on the author: “[she] quickly became a character, and is in many ways much better and much worse at life than I was at that age”.
The adaptation of the novel will star Ella Purnell as Tess, alongside Tom Sturridge as Jake, Caitlin FitzGerald as Simone, Evan Jonigkeit as Will, Eden Epstein as Ari, Jasmine Mathews as Heather, Daniyar as Sasha, and Paul Sparks as Howard.
You can watch Sweetbitter on Starz from May 6th 2018.
Cumberbatch will play Patrick Melrose, the titular character of the new series, adapted from the Man Booker Prize shortlisted author Edward St Aubyn’s novels.
Melrose, the main character, struggles with the damage caused by a horribly abusive father and a mother who tacitly condoned his behaviour. Each episode, written by BAFTA nominee David Nicholls, is devoted to one of the five novels.
The series will also star Jennifer Jason Leigh and Hugo Weaving as the parents of Patrick Melrose.
The SHOWTIME and Sky Atlantic series will be directed by Edward Berger.
Catch new episodes of Patrick Melrose Saturdays at 9pm ET/PT only on SHOWTIME.