Amazon Confirms It’s Upcoming ‘Lord of the Rings’ Series Will Be Set During the Second Age

By March 9, 2019 Adaptations, News

In late 2017, Amazon announced that it had secured the rights for a TV show based on The Lord of the Rings. Exactly what part of Middle-Earth’s long history would be covered wasn’t specified, but fans of the epic fantasy were beside themselves with excitement following the news. In a recent Tweet, the show’s official Twitter page confirmed that the show will take place during Middle-Earth’s Second Age, and included a rather lovely looking map.

A Tweet was published which read: “One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them, In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie. #LOTRonPrime”, along with a picture of a map which includes the land of Numenor. A fellow-up Tweet was then published which reads: “Welcome to the Second Age” and links to the show’s official website.

For those who are a little rusty when it comes to their Middle-Earth history, the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings occurred in the Third Age, thus this new show is set long before then. The Second Age lasted for 3441 years and ended with the first defeat of Sauron during the Last Alliance between Men and Elves.

It’s also worth noting that the map includes the land of Númenor, which was destroyed during the Second Age and was the home of the great Númenorians, whom Aragorn is a descendant of. The rise and fall of Númenor was a notable event during the Second Age and it seems likely the show will touch on this. The Second Age was also notable for Sauron’s rise to power in Middle-Earth, the creation of the Ring of Power, the coming of the Ringwraiths, and the early battles between Sauron and the Elves.

There certainly seems to be a lot of material for Amazon to work with and it looks like this will serve as a sort of prologue to everything we’ve seen in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Many of the notable characters from the Third Age won’t even have been born during this period, though some recognizable faces were around, including the Elves Galadriel and Elrond, who appear in The Lord of the Rings.

It looks like there’s plenty to be excited about and we can’t wait for Amazon to reveal more about the upcoming series.

George R.R. Martin Hopes to Have ‘The Winds of Winter’ Finished by 2020

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HBO’s TV series Game of Thrones may have come to an end, but the fantasy series it’s based on, George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, is still to be finished. Fans are now looking to George for news on a possible release date for the long awaited sequel The Winds of Winter, and it seems George has provided us with some hope, sort of. In an amusing post on his Not a Blog, Martin responded to a video made by Air New Zealand which invited George to come to New Zealand on their dime and get some much needed peace, quiet, and inspiration, to help him finish the upcoming book.

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Watch the latest trailer for His Dark Materials here!

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His Dark Materials will be hitting the small screen thanks to HBO and the BBC.

We saw the teaser trailer in March and it didn’t give much away, however this latest trailer is VERY exciting. In it we get to see and hear the characters many of us fell in love with from Pullman’s books including the main protagonist Lyra Belacqua who is played by Dafne Keen and the wonderful James McAvoy who will play Lord Asriel. Lin-Manuel Miranda (Mary Poppins) is set to play the Texan aeronaut Lee Scoresby, while James Cosmo and Lucian Msamati play as Farder Coram and John Faa respectively.

Any fan of the book series will be pleased to see far more detail from the book included in the television series, as opposed to the movie The Golden Compass, which left out chunks of the story and never managed to make enough at the box office to carry on the movie franchise.

8 intense episodes will run over 2 seasons, and a date has yet to be announced for its release. We do know, however, that it will premiere in the USA by the end of 2019.

We will let you know more details as we have them- meanwhile check out the trailer below!

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Nancy Drew Adaptation Coming and the Trailer is Here

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The CW Network has taken Nancy Drew and turned it into a supernatural crime drama and anyone who grew up on these detective tales is sure to be screaming! The new adaptation will premiere on the CW Network this Autumn and stars Kennedy McCann as the titular character.

Nancy will be solving crimes in her hometown of Horseshoe Bay in Maine after her mother’s death threatens to derail her crime fighting. But when a socialite is murdered in town, Nancy and her friends get together to clear their name, and solve the crime.
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Hip-Hop version of Romeo and Juliet Coming from Netflix

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Romeo and Juliet has seen quite a few adaptations over the years, some traditional, and some, like Baz Luhrman’s famous 1996 adaptation have been a little more offbeat. Now, Netflix has announced that they are adapting the Shakespeare play with a hip-hop influenced spin.

The new adaptation will be created for Netflix by Solvan “Slick” Naim, and produced by Will Smith. The adaptation is being billed as a contemporary musical film and will be set in the hustle and bustle of the streets of New York.
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George R.R. Martin Debunks Claims He’s Finished Final Game of Thrones Books

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With the final season of Game of Thrones reaching its climax, much speculation has been abound regarding the status of the final two books in the series, which author George R.R. Martin is still working on. Excitement reached breaking point when it was reported that Martin had apparently finished both of the books, but was waiting for the show to finish before publishing them. This, Martin has since confirmed, is completely false.

 

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BBC announces Guy Pearce will star as Ebenezer Scrooge

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The BBC has announced that Guy Pearce will star in the lead role for their adaptation of A Christmas Carol set to air December 2019.

Other stars have already been announced but the actor playing the main character was kept quiet. Screenwriter Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders) has since announced to the BBC that Guy Pearce will play Ebenezer Scrooge alongside Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings), Stephen Graham (Line of Duty) and Charlotte Riley (Peaky Blinders).

Andy Serkis will play Ghost of Christmas Past and Rutger Hauer (Bladerunner) is the Ghost of Christmas Future, while The Ghost of Christmas Present is yet to be announced.

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