JD Payne and Patrick McKay, the showrunners of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power they want them to be clear that the new series set in Middle-earth will be firmly rooted in the world created by JRR Tolkien.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporterthe showrunners of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power They refuted the idea that this new production protected by Amazon would only be “vaguely connected” with the author’s work and the myth that he established in his publications.
“I only want to argue with the ‘loosely connected’”, McKay said. “We don’t feel that way. We feel that the deep roots of this program are in the books and in Tolkien. And if we didn’t feel that way, we’d all be terrified to sit here. We feel that this story is not ours. It’s a story that we’re managing that was here before us and was waiting in those books to be on Earth. We don’t feel ‘loosely connected’. We feel very, very connected to those people and we work every day to be even more connected. That’s really how we think about it.”
Although unlike Peter Jackson’s films, this new series will not have a specific book as a guide and will get your material of appendices or references in the main saga of The Lord of the rings (since you can’t use a The Silmarillion), these statements by Payne and McKay indicate that they do not want the new Amazon production to be seen as something inferior or less attached to the source material.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power It will premiere on September 2 on Amazon Prime Video.