Rumours have been persisting for some time that Peter Jackson is involved in some capacity in Amazon’s big-budget Lord of the Rings episodic series, a series that I was very excited to hear about until the news came out that it was going to be about Aragorn’s early years [yawn]. In April Jackson’s attorney Peter Nelson said that he was communicating with Amazon, and this week, some foreign-language outlets supposedly quoted Jackson saying that he was helping put together the creative team for the series.
Well, ‘Digital Spy’ spoke with Jackson’s representatives to get a answer, and the response was that he’s involved in the project at this time, Jackson currently too busy with the Mortal Engines film, plus a major documentary for the BBC about World War I. Whether this is good news or bad may depend on what you thought of the Hobbit films.
It’s doubtful that we’ll be seeing any of the old cast members either, and Andy Serkis and John Rhys-Davies have both recently said that they’re not doing it — though Sir Ian McKellen seems to want to play Gandalf again, saying:
“Gandalf is over 7,000 years old, so I’m not too old yet”.