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The Times We Live In

I have toyed with writing a post about all of the sexual harassment allegations being thrown around these days, but I can’t quite get my head around what exactly to say and I know that I will say some things that will piss people off, so I’m trying to hold back, but …

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$200,000,000 of Why

It was announced yesterday that Amazon has paid $200,000,000 for the rights to bring The Lord of the Rings to television. Part of the justification for this is that “everybody needs their own Game of Thrones.”

I first read the books when I was a teenager and have probably read them at least a dozen times since. I couldn’t wait for the Peter Jackson movie versions and loved his depiction of the story.

Which leads me to the title of the post. Why?

What more can be done with the story in a TV series format? The thing about Game of Thrones is that, for the most part, it was a story unknown to the masses before the TV series started. The same cannot be said for LOTR. Millions have read the books, millions more have seen the movies.

Maybe Amazon plans on embellishing the story, either with additional detail from Tolkien’s books about Middle Earth or with elements that simply did not exist in those books. Either would be bad from my perspective. The director’s cut of the movies leaves the trilogy at about 12 hours of film. As much as I loved the movies, the movies are long and ponderous at times. Adding more detail would just make the story longer and ponderouser (yeah, I know, that’s not a word). And if it’s detail that didn’t exist in Tolkien’s books, that would be sacrilegious.

And $200,000,000? Seriously. Just for the rights. Is it possible that between the rights and the production and marketing costs that this would be a $1 billion endeavor. For a story that has already very recently been told on film.

Why oh why?

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