Amazon’s Salke On Jackson & “Rings” Series

Many are still debating the merits of Amazon’s upcoming TV series adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” tales. The streaming giant plans to spend around $1 billion on production of numerous seasons of the series which will serve as the cornerstone of their efforts to catch up with Netflix.

Amazon Studios programming chief Jennifer Salke recently spoke with Deadline and opened up a bit more about the series. First up, she was asked to confirm whether Peter Jackson was involved in any capacity. She says ‘maybe’:

“The Peter Jackson conversations, right now we’re right in the middle of them. It’s like, how much do you want to be involved, how little? I know there’s been some discussion, and he’s even said some things, but as far as I’m aware, the latest is that we’re just in a conversation with him about how much or how little he would be involved.”

She confirmed the plan is for one big ‘Rings’ series, not multiple ones, and it won’t be either a remake OR completely fresh: “I think you can know that we’re not remaking the movies, but we’re also not starting from scratch. So, it’ll be characters you love.”

The new “Lord of the Rings” series isn’t expected to debut until 2020.