Writers John D. Payne and Patrick McKay have been announced as the first scribes attached to the new billion dollar, five season “Lord of the Rings” TV series at Amazon.
During Amazon’s Television Critics Association 2018 panel this weekend, studio head Jennifer Sake confirmed the pair’s hiring for the project which is being produced in co-operation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema.
Payne and McKay were uncredited writers on “Star Trek: Beyond” and are penning the script for the upcoming fourth film in the Abrams-rebooted ‘Trek’ film series. Both were involved in the “Godzilla vs. Kong” writers room and both worked on the script for Disney’s upcoming “Jungle Cruise” film. Sake explains the hiring process:
“We have closed a deal with a writing team, Payne and McKay who come out of the world of Star Trek. It was a very thoughtful process. It’s such a vast world, there are so many different ways to go with that property. Thanks for Sharon Tal Yguado on my team she led the charge bringing in people. We had an abundance of enthusiasm in the creator/ writer arena and a lot of time spent talking about different takes. The next phase is a big development process as they build out this world.”
Events of the new series are expected to take place before the events of “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”. There was no further word on whether Peter Jackson would be involved in the new Middle-earth project.
Source: TV Line