Jennifer Salke has been hired away from from NBC, where she serves as president of entertainment and takes the top job at streaming giant Amazon Studios.
How will all of this affect the new Middle-earth TV Series?
“The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen.”
“I’d rather own our IP [intellectual property] 100%… and I’d rather have the ability to work with a product that is inextricably linked to our brand.” ~ HBO CEO Richard Plepler
“All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien
“Television adaptation, exploring new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring, slated to debut exclusively on Prime Video” ~ Amazon
The is a complete 180 from their previous posture on Tolkien’s writings. What the HELL is going on?
“The LOTR original series, a prequel to Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring, will be produced by Amazon Studios.” ~ Deadline Hollywood