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.
The story of How to be a Woman is a memoir of Caitlin Moran’s life as she moves from adolescence in Wolverhampton to her adult life, while attempting to answer the questions every woman has asked herself while navigating these tricky life moments. The adaptation will be narrated by Caitlin Moran and star Louise Brealey (Sherlock) as Caitlin, Jeanette Percival as Caitlin’s sister Caz, and Clare Corbett as Caitlin’s mother.
The latest version of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women will be the eighth adaptation of the novel, first published in 1868 and celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. The adaptation is written and directed by Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) and produced by Amy Pascal (The Post), Denise Di Novi (Little Women 1994), Robin Swicord (Matilda), and Andrea Giannetti (Passengers).
This brilliantly written book is already an audiobook narrated by Neil Gaiman himself – who could read the phone book and make it sound good.
Now, the BBC is bringing us an exciting new radio dramatization of Gaiman’s Norse Mythology. Having previously dramatized other works by Neil Gaiman including Good Omens (his collaboration with Terry Pratchett) and Neverwhere, we have high hopes for this dramatization too.