It seems as though Amazon is trying their hardest to get the most creative team on the planet for their new series based in Middle-Earth. Now that “Game of Thrones” has left, every streaming service is trying to take its throne as the best fantasy show out there, yet it seems Amazon has a somewhat advantage with their new creative team.
With dozens of names that have an impact on the entertainment industry, from show runners like J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, director and executive producer J.A. Bayona (Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom) to others such as their executive producers Lindsey Weber (10 Cloverfield Lane), Bruce Richmond (Game of Thrones), Gene Kelly (Boardwalk Empire), Amazon has a stacked team. And the best thing is that these aren’t even all the names associated with this show. Amazon also has the likes of the production designer for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi“, Rick Heinrichs, visual effects supervisor Jason Smith (The Revenant) and their illustrator/concept artist John Howe, all working on this show. To help them through it, they also hired Tolkien scholar Tom Shippey, to help them through the often confusing world of Tolkien’s works.
Calling their team “The Fellowship”, as a nod to the group of adventurers who delivered the one ring to Mount Doom, their goal is to bring the events of the Second Age of Middle-Earth to life. As you may not know, this new series was though to be the adventures of a young Aragorn, yet instead we got something ten times better. This new series focuses on the Second Age, which is full of betrayal, heroes, manipulation, and the fight between good and evil, as Sauron rises to power. This show will also have to, at some point, show the creation of the one ring to rule them all, as well as the 19 others. From the three given to the elves, and the seven given to the dwarves, to the nine that corrupted the kings of man, all this will have to be shown at some point in this show if it is to follow Tolkien’s work correctly.