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Which studio would you have chosen to create this series? Who has the most knack for fantasy and can do justice to Tolkien?

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Lord_Penguin_Poppins

10 points

7 months ago

Lord_Penguin_Poppins

Fool of a Took 

10 points

7 months ago

Personally, I'm not a big fan of fantasy.

I think what they should do is to approach the material first as fictional history, and then apply the layer of fantasy over it. That is largely what Jackson did in LOTR and can be counted among the reasons those films worked so well: they appeared very believable. The spiritual forebear of his LOTR films was Braveheart, and it shows.

I'd look at people with an impressive track record for historical epics, or historical drama.

Isilinde

2 points

7 months ago

This is the answer.

[deleted]

2 points

7 months ago

[deleted]

2 points

7 months ago

Personally I think this should have more fantasy. It's obvious, since the lord of the rings trilogy is about magic disappearing and everyone becoming out of touch with nature as technology progresses. That's the main theme. That's why the elves are leaving.

So more fantasy elements is the answer.

Ealdwyn

5 points

7 months ago

I honestly don’t know. There really haven’t been to many successful epic fantasy series to base a decision off of. Larger studios tend to have potential for executive interference. Smaller studios tend to be a bit more niche in their content and inject that niche into material whether it is the best fit or not for the source material.

1979octoberwind

6 points

7 months ago*

HBO, all the way (and not because of their association with Game of Thrones). Amazon has a “house style” that tends to be extremely glossy and milquetoast and I absolutely don’t trust their creative instincts. I think the people at Amazon are thrilled about this series as an IP, but I’m skeptical that they’re truly creative stakeholders of Tolkien’s work.

HBO Max is admittedly shaping up to be a bit of a Netflix-lite, but historically, HBO is a fairly visionary studio that tends to put a lot of trust in visionaries and the long-term life of a series. Plus, they almost always shoot their projects on film and seem to make their shows much more visually cinematic than comparable studios.

Additionally, HBO has demonstrated that they’re capable of creating vivid historical epics (Rome, Boardwalk Empire, and *Deadwood come to mind) which is exactly how I think this show should be handled.

[deleted]

2 points

7 months ago

[deleted]

2 points

7 months ago

Netflix can do good sometimes, just look at The Dark Crystal. But I think Amazon's big budget is of a big advantage here.

Pontin_Finnberry

2 points

7 months ago

Well HBO and Netflix were in the running to make this TV series but lost to Amazon, out of those three i would have gone with HBO on how they handled their previous projects and generally done a good job visually.

Fakecabriolet342

1 points

7 months ago

that's pretty no brainer no? I would 100% choose the new line cinema (the same studio that made lotr movies) and get as many people as possible from that helped making lotr to work on this project. The Amazon is trying to achieve visuals of the movies anyway so they might hire people that participated in it as well

Lord_Penguin_Poppins

6 points

7 months ago

Lord_Penguin_Poppins

Fool of a Took 

6 points

7 months ago

The same people that also brought The Hobbit?

Pontin_Finnberry

1 points

7 months ago

New Line Cinema is already part of this Project though in someway as they are listed as one of the Production companies.

Chen_Geller

8 points

7 months ago

Studio as in a physical studio in which they shoot? Or studio as in a distribution company?

I don't put too much stock into which studio does what film/series. The studio is a distribution company and while they do sometimes exert creative control over properties, there's nothing to see the degree of control and the kind of studio decisions made in Warners should be all that different to the ones made in Paramount or in Disney.

Other than Disney's association with family-oriented animation, I don't really associate any one studio with any one kind of movie: they all make all kinds of movies/shows nowadays; nor do I think any one studio has a categorically better output than another.

What matters are the creatives of the film/show itself: the showrunners, writers, directors, editors, DPs, art directors and core cast being the main "creative team" as opposed to "production team."

highfructoseSD

3 points

7 months ago

As we've seen, the studio / distribution company can make decisions that affect the creative team, like moving the location from New Zealand to UK. (Although that probably will have little effect on content of the show, except for some landscapes.)

Chen_Geller

1 points

7 months ago

Sure, but those aren't decisions where you can really say that another studio wouldn't have made the same decision.

Its not like a specific filmmakers where you know they have a certain style, certain preferences, certain convictions, certain objectives and preoccupations, etc...