The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power looks like it’s thought of pretty much everything, using its vast connections to the Tolkien estate and bottomless pockets to recreate the world of Middle Earth as exquisitely as possible. The one thing they did forget? Poor Peter Jackson.
Jackson, who directed both the original Lord of the Rings trilogy and its followup Hobbit trilogy, told Scott Feinberg on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast that Amazon did reach out to ask if he’d want to be involved …but things sputtered from there.
“They asked me if I wanted to be involved — [writer-producer Fran Walsh] and I — and I said, ‘That’s an impossible question to answer without seeing a script,’” Jackson said. “So they said, ‘As soon as we get the first couple scripts, we’ll send them to you.’ And the scripts never showed up. That’s the last thing I heard, which is fine. No complaints at all.”
Well, he’s being a good sport about it, and it’s very likely that Jackson has spent quite enough time in Middle Earth. THR also notes that there may have been legal concerns about making the movies look too close to the upcoming show. Still, it seems like they could have given him a heads up. In any case, Jackson has gone great lengths to make it clear that he’s got no hard feelings.
“I’ll be watching it,” he told U.K.’s Metro. “I’m not the sort of guy who wishes ill will. Filmmaking is hard enough. If somebody makes a good film or TV show, it’s something to celebrate. The one thing I am looking forward to is actually seeing it as a perfectly neutral viewer.”