Why wasn't Peter Jackson involved in The Rings of Power? The New Zealand director and screenwriter has succeeded in the arduous task of transposing Tolkien's novels to the big screen, creating an epic trilogy that made the history of cinema.
His contribution to the Amazon Prime Video series, however, was not wanted. And for a specific reason. Amazon bought the television rights related to The Lord of the Rings in 2017 for $ 250 million and has committed to making five seasons of The Rings of Power, worth $ 1 billion in production costs, which will make it the most expensive TV series ever made.
J.A. Bayona, director of the series, recently explained that the series will deviate from the Peter Jackson trilogy to be able to walk on their own legs, making a story of its own.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will be set during the Second Age and will narrate the creation of the rings, the rise of Sauron, the founding of Númenor and the Last Alliance between Elves and Men.
The creators of the series explained that the story being told will be much more "human" and will explore how people are willing to descend into darkness to protect those they love. The debut on Amazon Prime Video is set for 2 September.
Why wasn't Jackson involved?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, it was the Tolkien Estate that didn't want Peter Jackson's involvement. Although the showrunners and the studio highly regarded Jackson and his adaptation, there were legal concerns regarding the possibility of keeping the Jackson films and the TV show separate, considering the films are owned by Warner Bros.
Tolkien Summer pushed for Jackson not to get involved, probably for creative reasons. An Amazon executive, Sharon Tal Yguado, would have been interested in getting Jackson on board in some way, but she ended up leaving the company in 2019, but it failed.