Yes we live in a time where nothing more is sacred and where everything is likely to be remade. Also, Hollywood did not hesitate. But when it comes to addressing one of the trilogies favorite of the general public, immediately, it gets stuck a bit.
The new one has the effect of a bomb a few days ago : Amazon is planning to remake the Lord of The Rings tv series. The network wanting to compete with Netflix was looking for some time for a prestigious project that could put it at equal level and the ambition is considerable, since the boss of the group, Jeff Bezos, will involve himself in the series and has not hidden its goal of making a program to at least the height of a Game of Thrones.
If fans of the trilogy of Peter Jackson are made of cold sweat, this is the bottom, nothing a surprise, as he had to expect that one day the masterpiece of J. R. R. Tolkien know of another iteration. That said, we wondered what the cast of original thought. And it is Sean Astin, who played the Hobbit Sam, who was the first to speak at the microphone from Entertainment Weekly :
“I saw it the other day and I found the news intriguing. This is 15 years that I can not stop to say that in the twelve years that follow the release of the Lord of the Rings, it would be redone. And everyone told me that this was not possible, that no one would dare, it was a classic. And I kept thinking that if, because it is a huge story and that the audience loves these characters.”
In addition to having had the nose pretty damn hollow, Sean Astin took the opportunity of its passage on Netflix in season 2 of the Stranger Things to give some advice to the team who will be in charge of this new adaptation :
“One of the great qualities of Netflix and Stranger Things in particular is that, although I am convinced that they gave notes on scripts, I have never seen the color. The brothers Duffer did their movie in their corner. And it was the same for the New Line and Peter Jackson at the time. New Zealand is so far away and if there was certain times where they were discussing the matter, Peter was making his own film. The real question regarding this series is whether they are going to find the good team, and if they are going to give him the opportunity to do what she wants. Or will they have to bend at the studio ? It is difficult to make a series of this caliber in these conditions.”
And it is true that the question deserves to be asked. It would, in fact, that the studio has enough confidence in his team to let him take ownership of the original material to really give it its own identity and not end up copying what has already been done. We come besides Sean Astin on this point. It is the only way for this new Lord of the Rings is a success. And if the people of Amazon we read, it cannot be too advise them to engage the actor as a consultant, because he has it all figured out.