The Lord Of The Rings Reworked For Brand New Television Series

By November 14, 2017Adaptations, Television
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In surprising news for Tolkien fans, corporation giant Amazon have bought the global television rights to The Lord Of The Rings. 

On Monday 13th of November 2017, Amazon announced they were ready to produce the biggest and most expensive show for their streaming site. Amazon are set to create multiple-seasons of a series that precede Tolkien’s first of the LotR trilogy: “The Fellowship of the Ring,”.




The Tolkien Estate and Trust, the publishing house HarperCollins, and film distributor New Line Cinema will all aid Amazon in producing the series. Amazon seem to be looking to producing their own Game of Thrones level of hit television series with this adaptation. Although they have not stated how much they have purchased the rights for, it is certainly going to be a considerable amount.

Going head-to-head with other television providers such as Netflix and Hulu to produce high-quality shows, Amazon need this venture to not only be financially successful but also create enduring fans: people who will keep coming back to Amazon year after year for their Lord Of The Rings fix.

The series will not only follow the trilogy but also delve into some exciting and unexplored avenues of Tolkien lore, such as The Silmarillion… Amazon looks set to bring life to Middle Earth once again, and it is looking very exciting indeed.




Check out ‘Green Book’, an Upcoming Film Based upon the Green Books Published for African American Travellers

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During the 20th century, the United States of America was not an easy place to be for African Americans. Segregation existed for much of the century and black citizens were forced to go out of their way to ensure they followed unjust laws which rendered them second class citizens. As you can imagine, travelling was much more dangerous for black Americans that for whites, and there were plenty of areas which were to be avoided at all costs.

In order to aid black motorists, Victor Hugo Green published a series of books called The Negro Motorist Green Books, which were more commonly refereed to simple as ‘Green Books’. These books were sold in gas stations and informed black travelers where they would be able to find places that welcomed business from African Americans who wanted to to sleep, eat, and shop. As we recently reported, the first Green Book was published in 1936 and more followed until segregation, for the most part, came to an end in the late 60s.

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Games of Thrones Star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Teases the Series Will End on a High Note

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Since the first season aired back in 2011, Game of Thrones has become one of the biggest TV shows of all time. Based upon George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series of books, the show mixes realistic portrayals of politics and war against a fantasy background. After eight years, the show’s eighth and final season is set to air next year and the stars are beginning to wrap up their character’s arcs. Read More

Henry Cavill Would Love to Play Geralt in Netflix’s ‘The Witcher’ Adaptation

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Henry Cavill is best known for playing Superman/Clark Kent in the recent DC superhero films, but it seems he’d be happy to swap out his cape for a pair of swords. In a recent interview with IGN, Cavill stated he’d be very interested in playing the role of Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s recently announced adaptation of The Witcher series.

The Witcher is a gritty fantasy series written by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, and has shot to fame in recent years after a game developer named CD Projekt RED created three very successful video games based on the books. The 2015 game The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has critically acclaimed and prompted Netflix to secure the rights for a series adaptation. Read More

Andy Serkis to Direct ‘Animal Farm’ Film for Netflix

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It was recently announced that the distribution rights for Andy Serkis’ upcoming film Mowgli has been bought by Netflix and now the streaming giant has doubled down by acquiring the rights to Serkis’ film adaptation of George Orwell’s classic novel Animal Farm.

As Deadline reports, the film will feature actors using performance-capture for the roles of the animals (classic Serkis) and Serkis will lead the project as the film’s director. One of the producer credits includes Matt Reeves, who has previously worked with Serkis on the films Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes.

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HBO Orders ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ Adaptation from Steven Moffat

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HBO has managed to secure an adaptation of The Time Traveler’s Wife by the British writer and producer Steven Moffat. Moffat is best known for writing the likes of Doctor Who and Sherlock. It has been reported that there was plenty of interest from major outlets such as Amazon, but it was HBO that won the rights.

The series will be written by Moffat and is based on the book of the same name by Audrey Niffenegger. “I read Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife many years ago, and I fell in love with it”, said Moffat. “In fact, I wrote a Doctor Who episode called ‘The Girl In The Fireplace’ as a direct response to it. When, in her next novel, Audrey had a character watching that very episode, I realized she was probably on to me. All these years later, the chance to adapt the novel itself, is a dream come true. The brave new world of long form television is now ready for this kind of depth and complexity. It’s a story of happy ever after – but not necessarily in that order.” Read More

Benedict Cumberbatch reads Kafka’s Metamorphosis

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Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis is a novella published in 1915. It is written in four parts that takes us through Gregor Samsa’s initial transformation into a large, bug-like creature, to the reactions of his self and his family. It is a keen insight into the disconnect between body and mind, and the absurdity of life.

Bendysnatch Cucumberpatch has had his fingers in many pies these past few years- from being the world’s best detective Sherlock Holmes to Dr Strange (with a Dr House-esque American accent) in the Marvel universe. His smooth, English tone is perfect for telling Kafka’s tale of transformation, horrified reaction, and the surprising limits of familial sympathy.

The BBC have given us four episodes read by Bungeejump Catchthemall, all presented to you here via Loretta Cosgrove at SoundCloud!

Enjoy.

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