Despite their critical and commercial success, one man was not happy with filmmaker Peter Jackson and his cinematic take on J.R.R. Tolkien “The Lord of the Rings” – the author’s son Christopher Tolkien.
The younger Tolkien was an outspoken critic of of the adaptations and, as the director of his father’s estate and a fierce protector of it, was a big reason why further stories set in Middle-Earth haven’t been brought to the screen.
Now though, at 93, Christopher Tolkien has resigned as director of the estate following the publication of Beren and Luthien which he calls his “last book in the long series of editions of [his] father’s writings.”
With his departure, which actually took place in August but is only now being made public, it likely means more movies, shows and other adaptations set in that legendary fantasy world may happen. This partly explains the recent announcement of Amazon’s $250 million multi-season deal to make a “Lord of the Rings” prequel series.
Tolkien’s daughter, Priscilla Tolkien, and various grandchildren are still members of the estate and seem decidedly more open to making movie and television deals. This may also mean works previously off limits, like “The Silmarillion,” could be optioned for television.