News broke on April 5 that Amazon’s upcoming adaption of The Lord of the Rings might be the most expensive TV show ever made. Amazon purchased the rights to J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved stories in November 2017 for $250 million, but once all costs have been included, the guaranteed five-season series may cost over $1 billion. Fans of the beloved franchise are tentatively excited and not-so-secretly worried about the direction a new adaption might take, and they’re expressing their feelings on Twitter:
“The cost of Amazon's Lord of the Rings TV series has apparently increased to $1 billion” pic.twitter.com/Vf1RAAAtO2
— John Rain (@MrKenShabby) April 6, 2018
Having such high stakes for any creative endeavor can be dangerous…
You guys understand the big problem with the Lord of the Rings show costing $1 billion, right? It can’t just be good. It has to be a SMASH. Like it has to be bigger than Thrones. Bigger than Breaking Bad. It has to be a cultural phenomenon and you can’t manufacture that.
— Merrill Barr (@MerrillBarr) April 6, 2018
It could be very easy to screw up the story:
Hoping that the scriptwriters for the Lord of the Rings TV series are working out plot solutions that don't involve convenient eagles.
— Roland Moore (@RolandMooreTV) April 6, 2018
5 series, billion dollar lord of the rings show where it's just boromir yelling “WHY DON'T THE EAGLES DROP THE RING IN MOUNT DOOM” for 30 hours
— Chris Boyd (@paperghost) April 6, 2018
Then again, a genuine star might be born if Amazon subverts our expectations…
I really don’t think we need a Lord of the Rings TV show. But if it’s a spinoff about this dude solving crimes in Hobbiton, I am all. The way. In. pic.twitter.com/dzCbL45qWa
— Sam Sykes (@SamSykesSwears) April 6, 2018
Lord of the Rings, s2e13: the elves of Lothlórien vote to exit Middle Earth 52% to 48%. The ring-bearer is denied entry into the Milk Wood and deported back to the Shire having failed his High Elvish exam. Saruman the White becomes leader of the Free World.
— Lavie Tidhar (@lavietidhar) April 6, 2018
Tolkien fans are famously picky about adaptions of his works:
New Amazon Lord of the Rings series will actually just be nine hours of Christopher Tolkien explaining his farther’s legendarium in exquisite detail.
“It’s the only way the fans will be happy” the studio says. pic.twitter.com/JKBE8maxqo
— Fake News Generator (@FakeNewsGen) April 6, 2018
Still, the prospect of a full LOTR TV show does have it’s upsides.
Although I'm excited about the Amazon LOTR series 5 years means at least one episode of Tom Fucking Bombadil.
— Hugo Rune is unwell (@AdsoMenk) April 6, 2018
Fans are speculating about who will play the new Fellowship:
The only actor reportedly signed so far for Amazon LOTR is Tony Blair as Elrond. Hey, give the man a chance to show what he can do.
— Colin McEnroe (@colinmcenroe) April 6, 2018
While others are already tuning out the reboot:
I predict that Amazon's Lord of the Rings will provide loads of the usual franchise stuff- childish narratives dressed up in pretentious mock-spirituality. Along with barely-concealed racism. Next #GameOfThrones? No.
— Dr Ian Paterson (@MissRamallah) April 6, 2018
But some are holding out hope for a masterpiece no one expects…
— Matty Devin Brown (@mattydevinbrown) April 7, 2018
Just let Peter Jackson direct and produce LOTR and give him the best resources and time. It will be WORTH IT. And I’m gonna watch them all. @amazon
— Mrs. Park (@Mtracy07) April 7, 2018
Meanwhile, all the non-LOTR fans of the world are reacting the same way:
$1 billion for a show?
— Alene Marie (@alenesmiles) April 6, 2018