Amazon Studios CEO Comments on Potential Impact of The Rings movie
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Amazon Studios CEO Comments on Potential Impact of The Rings movie

Amazon Studios CEO Jennifer Salke recently addressed how Warner Bros.’s new Middle-earth movies will affect The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. Salke responded to the news that Warner Bros. has several Lord of the Rings projects in development during an interview with Variety. “We’re extremely proud of [The Rings of Power], and invested long term,” she said. “So, we definitely think there’s enough fan love to sustain ours for a long time.” Warner Bros. and New Line Media closed a deal with Embracer Group AB in February 2023 to develop movies inspired by author J.R.R. Tolkien’s most well-known works, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

It’s currently unclear which characters and events Warner Bros.’s new Lord of the Rings productions will adapt. That said, a joint press statement by Warner Bros. co-chairs and co-CEOs Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy indicated that the studio isn’t interested in remaking Peter Jackson’s previous big screen adaptations of Tolkien’s books. Instead, the forthcoming features will apparently mine previously unexplored corners of the Middle-earth mythos for inspiration. Warner Bros. is also keeping Jackson and his writing partners Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens “in the loop” regarding the franchise’s future.

Jackson’s involvement with Warner Bros. Lord of the Rings projects is notable, not least because the Oscar-winning filmmaker didn’t participate in the production of The Rings of Power. Jackson was originally set to provide feedback to co-showrunners Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne on the scripts for the Prime Video series’ first season, however, the pair ultimately forged ahead without his input. McKay and Payne have since confirmed that they have already developed a five-season roadmap for The Rings of Power that builds towards “a very specific and clear endpoint.”

The showrunners remain tight-lipped regarding what’s in store for fans in The Rings of Power’s remaining seasons, although they recently hinted that the story will include several previously unseen vistas. “One of the first conversations we had with Amazon about this is the feeling that Tolkien’s world was much vaster than the limited geography traversed in the Lord of the Rings books and in The Hobbit,” McKay said. “And that there are great islands to the west in Númenor at this time. There’s Valinor even further west and then east there’s an entire continent Rhûn that has never been visited and never explored.” All eight episodes of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Season 1 are currently streaming on Prime Video.

(“The Rings of Power Is About to Kickstart the war Against Sauron”)

With the eruption of Mount Doom and Sauron’s grand return to Middle-earth, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power seems to be gearing up for war. It’s known that Sauron will eventually be defeated by Isildur and have the One Ring cut from his finger, but before then, there are over 1,000 years of lore the show needs to cover, including one of the deadliest battles ever waged on Middle-earth — the Battle of the Gwathló.

The opening of The Rings of Power’s first episode included a glimpse of a huge battle against the dark lord Morgoth; Orcs flooded the land, fire and lightning spread from the sky while Elves battled for their very lives. Known as the War of Wrath, this battle made quite a spectacle for such a short amount of screen time, and many fans wish it received more focus. However, there will soon be a battle against Sauron that’s said to be just as devastating as the one against Morgoth.

The Rings of Power has certainly condensed Middle-earth’s timeline, with over 1,000 years worth of story being shortened into a single season. But still, if the show plans to hit all the main story beats of Tolkien’s lore, then it means the creation of the rings of power is approaching very soon. With this, the Men of Middle-earth will become corrupted and turn into Nazgûl, and the Elves will declare war for Sauron’s treachery.

Known as the War of the Elves and Sauron, much of Middle-earth succumbs to Sauron’s rule and thousands (if not millions) of innocents die in battle. However, at the very end of the war, the armies of Númenor team up with the Elves and deal a deadly blow to the Dark Lord, resulting in the infamous Battle of the Gwathló. And it’s here that The Rings of Power could show off the biggest battle ever seen in live-action television history.

With Men and Elves teaming up to defeat Sauron, this battle can easily be confused with the Last Alliance of Elves and Men — seen in the opening of The Lord of the Rings. But the Battle of the Gwathló is far different, taking place over 1,000 years before Sauron loses his One Ring. With Sauron recently suffering a defeat on the borders of the Shire, he flees to the river Gwathló to regroup with his forces; it’s here that the people of Middle-earth have him cornered.

Men and Elves relentlessly pursue Sauron while a force of Númenóreans sails down the river to cut off his escape. It’s said that over 600,000 of Sauron’s troops are cornered by 150,000 Men and Elves who dealt a devastating blow. Sauron flees to Mordor with a lone bodyguard while almost every Orc and loyal servant are left for dead. Sauron’s defeat is so brutal that it takes over 10 centuries of regaining his strength before he feels confident enough to attack once more.

In the end, the Battle of the Gwathló is said to be far bigger than any battle seen in The Lord of the Rings and is the only one that matches the war against Morgoth. So with The Rings of Power fans eager to see the show’s budget flexed on a huge battle, they may soon have their wishes granted.

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