Netflix Had Proposed A Marvel-Style Remake Of Peter Jackson's Lord Of The Rings Trilogy
According to a recent report, when battling for the rights to Tolkien's epic realm, Netflix suggested a Marvel-style adaptation of The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
When competing for The Lord of the Rings IP, Netflix apparently offered a Marvel-inspired strategy, speculating on prospective Gandalf and Aragorn projects. The Hollywood Reporter has published an article that covers the production, reception, and future of The Rings of Power, revealing what Netflix had in mind for their Lord of the Rings adaptation.
"They followed the Marvel approach," said a source familiar with Netflix's first strategy. "That absolutely frightened the estate." The streamer allegedly demonstrated this concept by recommending two shows devoted to Aragorn and Gandalf. The insider appears to be implying that the streaming service wants to develop various episodes following several characters who may cross over in their careers when he says "the Marvel method."
The Sandman and The Witcher are two of Netflix's most popular fantasy programs. The latter, starring Henry Cavill, has completed its third season and is gearing up to film Seasons 4 and 5 back-to-back. The Sandman, on the other hand, is yet to be renewed for Season 2 due to the "complex" watching habits of the audience.
HBO also attempted to acquire The Lord of the Rings IP. The network approached the Tolkien estate about reenacting Middle-"Third Earth's Age," which was featured in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy. While the estate has expressed dissatisfaction with Jackson's adaptations, they apparently desired to do something unique with the source material.
Amazon supposedly obtained the rights to The Lord of the Rings without a specific pitch, "but with a vow of a tight connection that would give the estate a creative seat at the table so it could safeguard Tolkien's legacy." From there, it developed The Rings of Power, the most costly display in history. In Nielsen SVOD statistics, the Amazon series outperformed HBO's House of the Dragon, gaining 1.25 billion watch minutes. House of the Dragon, on the other hand, has 781 million watch minutes. The Rings of Power Season 2 has already begun production, following the popularity of the previous season.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter