The “Rings of Power” series, adapted from “The Lord of the Rings”, has unveiled its first trailer as part of the 2022 SuperBowl. Here are the answers to the 10 questions you (may) have about the series- event.
Only a few more months before returning to Middle-earth. At least as awaited as the result of the match between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals or the halftime rap-show with Eminem & Cie, the first (real) images of the Rings of Power made the event last night .
After a spectacular teaser that revealed the logo and title of the Prime Video series a few weeks ago, this trailer definitively propels the adaptation of The Lord of the Rings among the major cinema/series events of 2022… and years to come. to come. Here in 10 questions everything you need to know about the series.
When is it coming out?
September 2, 2022 on Prime Video.
How many episodes will there be? And how many seasons?
The first season consists of 10 episodes. The second season is already confirmed, knowing that the show is almost guaranteed to have at least five seasons.
What is the budget?
Amazon Prime Video acquired the rights for 250 million dollars, at the instigation of Jeff Bezos, a big fan of Tolkien’s work. The budget for the first season is estimated at $462 million, making it the most expensive series of all time.
When is it happening?
Rings of Power takes place in the Second Age, several thousand years before the events of Peter Jackson’s cinematic saga (The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings), when the magic Rings were forged by the wizard Sauron.
Is Peter Jackson involved?
At best as a script consultant, at least that’s what he implied two years ago. Its composer Howard Shore could also be involved, without immediate confirmation. Finally, the illustrator John Howe, who had contributed enormously to the creation of the universe of the cinema saga, is for his part involved in the designs of the series.
Who are the showrunners?
Patrick McKay and John D. Payne oversee the series. Before Rings of Power, they worked on Star Trek: Without limits, Godzilla vs Kong or Jungle Cruise. They are joined by Jason Cahill (The Sopranos), Justin Doble (Stranger Things), Gennifer Hutchison (Breaking Bad), Bryan Cogman (Game of Thrones), Glenise Mullins (Star Trek: Discovery), Helen Shang (13 Reasons Why) and Stephany Folsom (Toy Story 4).
The first two episodes are by Juan Antonio Bayona, director of The Orphanage, The Impossible, A Few Minutes After Midnight and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, among others. His touch, which mixes intimacy and great spectacle, will set the general tone of the series.
Where is it shot?
The first season was filmed in New Zealand, like the cinema saga. The rest of the series, on the other hand, should be relocated to the United Kingdom, as part of an “expansion strategy” by Amazon, which shoots many of its productions there.
Will it be faithful to Tolkien’s work?
The series draws its inspiration from the appendices written by JRR Tolkien around his work: the challenge is therefore, for the showrunners, to “to propose the novel that Tolkien never wrote” as they said to Vanity Fair. They also specified that the series would have its own tone, respectful of Tokien’s universe, far from the “Game of Thrones in the Second Age” which had initially been announced by the media.
However, two major adaptations are expected: a “compression” events of the appendages at a single point in time, in order to be able to propose an adapted narration (with the agreement of the heirs of Tolkien); and diversity in the cast, “reflecting what the world is really like. (…) Tolkien is for everyone. His stories are about those fictional races that do their best when they leave the isolation of their own culture and come together”.
Will there be characters from the cinema saga?
Of the twenty-three main characters revealed by promotional posters a few days ago, at least four characters who appeared in the cinema should be there for the first season: Galadriel (camped by Morfydd Clark), Elrond (played by Robert Aramayo ), the evil Sauron as well as Isildur (played by Maxim Baldry), the ancestor of Aragorn who appeared in the prologue of Peter Jackson’s trilogy.
The other characters will represent the usual peoples of Middle-earth, whether they are Elves, Dwarves… or Pievelus, a sub-group of Hobbits, as the series takes us from the Misty Mountains to the elven capital of Lindon passing through the kingdom of Numenor.
As for Gandalf, his possible presence is unknown, but Ian McKellen had expressed his interest at the microphone of BBC Radio 2 when the project was announced to find his stick and his hat: “What do you mean, another Gandalf? I didn’t say yes because I wasn’t asked, but are you suggesting someone else is going to play him? Gandalf has over 7000 years old, so I’m not too old.”
The Rings of Power: the posters of the series reveal the characters