- Peter Jackson said Amazon wanted to involve him in “The Rings of Power” franchise before ghosting him.
- The “Lord of the Rings” director told The Hollywood Reporter that the studio offered to send him the script.
- Although he never heard back, Jackson said he still looks forward to watching the show.
“The Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson said Amazon tried to get him involved in the upcoming prequel series “The Rings of Power” but never sent him any scripts.
Jackson spoke about the incident on an episode of The Hollywood Reporter’s “Awards Chatter” podcast, which aired on Thursday.
“They asked me if I wanted to join – [writer-producer Fran Walsh] and I – and I said, ‘That’s an impossible question to answer without seeing a script.’ So they said, ‘As soon as we get the first couple of scripts, we’ll send them to you.’ And the scripts never showed up,” he explained.
The Oscar-winning director said that was the last he heard from the studio, but insisted he had “no complaints at all” and was looking forward to seeing the series from a new point of view.
“I’m going to see it. I’m not the type to wish ill will. Filmmaking is hard enough. If someone makes a good movie or TV show, that’s something to celebrate,” Jackson said. “The only thing I’m looking forward to is actually watching it as a perfectly neutral viewer.”
In a statement to THR, Amazon Studios said the new series had to be kept separate from the film trilogy, which is owned by Warner Bros.
“In pursuing the rights to our show, we were committed to keeping the series distinct and separate from the films,” the studio wrote. “We have the utmost respect for Peter Jackson and the ‘Lord of the Rings’ films and are thrilled that he is looking forward to seeing ‘The Rings of the Power.’
Representatives for Jackson, Amazon and Warner Bros. did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
THR reports that the estate of JRR Tolkein, who wrote “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” books, is involved in the Amazon series after the studio paid more than $250 million for the rights to produce the show.
Sources describing the outlet as “close to the project” note that the writer’s estate was not involved in the production of Jackson’s trilogy – and that it did not want Jackson involved in the TV show after criticizing the director’s film adaptations in the past.
According to Gizmodo, Amazon announced the “Lord of the Rings” prequel series in 2017. Entertainment Weekly reported in 2021 that the company is spending more than $464 million on the first season of the show, which takes place thousands of years before the events. of Jackson’s films.
“The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” premieres on Amazon Prime Video on September 2.