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?
Firstly let me say that violin solo is everything, the soundtrack sounds absolutely amazing and I am beyond excited to see the next instalment of this fantastic series.
And now, but, but, Nagini! Given how many animagi are in the original Harry Potter series, I shouldn’t be all that surprised that the snake that become a horcrux was originally a person, a woman at that. In the trailer you see Nagini in her human form transforming into snake, we’re hoping it’ll be explained how she ended up being trapped in snake form.
We’ve been waiting patiently for the full trailer and now, less than a month until the show launches, it’s here. The adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House is a modern reimagining of the iconic horror story about five siblings who grew up in America’s most haunted house. It’s available on Netflix from October 12th, and here’s that trailer… if you dare!
It’s over 50 years since the original film adaptation with Julie Andrews in the starring role. This time Emily Blunt is picking up the mantel as Mary Poppins returns to London to help the Banks’ family once more.
Here’s the trailer, what do you think?
The story follows a group of young Asian people (the book tells the story through each of their perspectives) and is centred around the wedding between Singapore’s most eligible bachelor, Colin Khoo, and a fashion icon, Araminta Lee. The author was inspired by family members, particularly his paternal grandparents who showed Kwan how to live a life of quiet confidence and elegance. Despite some cynicism from his editor about the lavish displays of wealth in the book, Kwan defended his descriptions, noting: “truth is stranger than fiction when it comes to details”.
The adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians is a sumptuous feast for the eyes as well as a classic tale of boy-meets-girl-his-mother-does-not-approve-of, all wrapped up in a bow of traditions and rituals of families in Singapore. Directed by Jon M. Chu under Warner Bros. Pictures- check out the trailer below.