Since the arrival of the trilogy de The Lord of the Rings of Peter Jackson in cinemas, fans of Tolkien they hoped they could see it someday The Silmarillion turned into a TV series.
That day hasn’t come yet but, today, Amazon has taken a step further in that direction by having got the rights for the exploitation of The Silmarillion and of Unfinished Tales.
There will also be The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales in the Amazon series of The Lord of the Rings
Several international reports reveal that the Amazon Studios, now working on the TV series set in Middle-earth, have managed to snatch the Tolkien Summer the rights to the two books written by JRR Tolkien and set in the same universe as de The Lord of the Rings; and some passages of the same will be included in the show now in production.
As explained by TheOneRing.net “For the first time ever: elements and passages from ‘The Silmarillion’ and ‘Unfinished Tales’ have been licensed to Amazon Studios for this adaptation (we broadly assume that these are sections of the book relating to Númenor and the Rings of Power. , including full rights to the stories licensed in the “Lord of the Rings” Appendices, which already mention Númenor and much more). “
These elements will enable the creative team behind The Lord of the Rings of Amazon to cover the most important moments in the history of Middle-earth, including the forging of the Rings of Power and the creation of the orcs.
The history of the rights of The Silmarillion
In the past, Peter Jackson had also attempted to secure the rights to these books but, at some point, as fans of the franchise will know, the Tolkien Estate was dissatisfied with the film versions of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, and had therefore refused to grant exploitation rights. “I don’t think The Silmarillion will go anywhere for very long”, Jackson had declared after the refusal.
Instead, in the reports “Tolkien Estate is said to be very happy with how things are progressing” with the series being developed. They are much more involved in this project than in Jackson’s, with three Tolkien and Middle-earth lore experts on set during production.
It is unclear if the rights are only usable in the series now in development, and a Silmarillion TV series may not be on the horizon yet, but… we may be getting closer.
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