‘Lord Of The Rings’ Series is Going To Completely Ignore Peter Jackson’s Movies

That Tolkien’s family would rather not have Peter Jackson involved in Prime Video’s series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power we already knew. But now we also know that the series will ignore Jackson’s films. Only not because Tolkien’s family wants it to.

J.A. Bayona was allowed to direct the first two episodes of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. There will be eight this season, so the bar was high for Bayona to set things up right and hook viewers.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

The series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will launch on September 2 on Prime Video and is the most expensive series ever, with a five-season commitment from Amazon and at least $1 billion in production costs.

During an interview with SFX Magazine, Bayona said that The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is not going to bridge with Jackson’s films.

“We all love what Peter Jackson has done immensely, and at the beginning we were also really considering building some kind of bridge between the series and the movies,”[/i] Bayona began his story to SFX Magazine.

“But then we realized how complex each world is, and that we had to build our own story. So subconsciously we were building something that has a life of its own. The bar was very high, so I’m glad Amazon had the ambition to do something with that too. I was at least trying to get on par with Peter Jackson. But the more we worked with the characters and the story, the greater the distance unconsciously became with the movies.”