In a new interview, Jennifer Salke, the new head of Amazon Studios, gave some information regarding the upcoming Lord of the Rings streaming show. She says right now, with the deal only being closed a month ago, that they’re figuring out their strategy right now. Amazon has been meeting with Tolkien’s grandson, Simon, to figure out the details. Likely by next month they’ll have honed their strategy enough to begin announcing writers for the series.
In an interview with Deadline, Salke revealed that currently the plan is to have one continuous Lord of the Rings series, instead of multiple spin-offs of the properties, which had been previously rumored. She also reiterated that the series won’t be retreading the same ground that the Peter Jackson films have. So that verifies that this will be an original story set in the Lord of the Rings universe. However, the show will feature characters from the original books.
Salke was also asked about Peter Jackson’s involvement with the series. According to her they’re still deciding how much or how little to involve him, so his role in the show is currently up in the air. Salke also wasn’t sure if filming for the series would be in New Zealand, where the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogy both filmed, but she did say that returning there is a possibility.
So, while we didn’t gain too much concrete information in the interview, Salke has given us an idea of what to expect from the show and lends some credence to the idea that this will be a prequel revolving around Aragorn.