Lord of the Rings' Peter Jackson and co-writers react to new WB movie
Lord of the Rings' Peter Jackson and his co-writers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens react to Warner Bros. A new film set in Middle-earth is planned.
Director Peter Jackson and his co-writers Fran Walsh and Philippa Burns responded to Warner Bros. announced that they are moving forward with a new Lord of the Rings movie. Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav recently revealed that Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema have reached an agreement with the current rights holders to develop more films featuring J.R.R. Tolkien's vast fantasy world. This latest announcement also comes on the heels of New Line's upcoming animated film, The Lord of the Rings: War of the Rothschilds, currently slated for release in 2024.
Now deadline for Jackson and his Lord of the Rings co-writers to comment on recent announcement. For the Oscar-winning trio, the news doesn't appear to be a huge surprise. While they haven't revealed whether they'll be directly involved with the new film, they sound optimistic about the future of the franchise. Check out their review below:
Warner Brothers and Embracer have kept us in the loop every step of the way. We look forward to speaking with them further to hear their vision for the franchise moving forward.
Why Peter Jackson Should Return For New Lord Of The Rings Films
Once thought Lord of the Rings was too difficult to adapt, Jackson, Walsh and Boynes proved doubters wrong when they released the Academy Award-winning Lord of the Rings in 2001 . back to back with the master The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Jackson's expansive trilogy would continue to receive critical acclaim and introduce whole new audiences to Tolkien's seminal fantasy work. Jackson's original trilogy regularly tops "best of" lists and remains the benchmark against which all other fantasy films are regularly compared.
Given this previous success, it's not surprising that Warner Bros. kept keeping Jackson and his writing team informed of their plans to return to Middle-earth. While the trio's comments don't necessarily mean they're directly involved with the new Lord of the Rings movie, it's encouraging to learn that the trio is being consulted. With their experience in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, there might be no better suited filmmakers to tackle these latest projects.
Additionally, by bringing Jackson back, Warner Bros. could also seek to separate from Prime Video's acquisition of the property. While The Lord of the Rings: Ring of Power looks and feels much the same as what Jackson introduced in his Lord of the Rings trilogy, it was not as universally popular with audiences as the previous films. However, if Jackson directs these latest Lord of the Rings films, it could appeal to some audiences put off by Prime Video's sometimes controversial material.
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