Amazon Prime Video has announced a creative team full of its Lord of the Rings prequel series. These include Bruce Richmond (Game of Thrones), Gene Kelly (Boardwalk Empire), Lindsey Weber (Star Trek Beyond), and former head of Amazon genre programming Sharon Tal Yguado as executive producer; Gennifer Hutchison (Breaking Bad), Jason Cahill (The Sopranos), and Justin Doble (Stranger Things) as executive writers and producers; Bryan Cogman (Game of Thrones) and Stephany Folsom (Toy Story 4) as consultant producers; Ron Ames (The Departed) as co-producer; Helen Shang (Hannibal) as writer and co-producer; and Glenise Mullins (Terminator Genisys) as a writing consultant.
In addition, the crew is behind the scenes in the Lord of the Rings Amazon prequel including Oscar-winning production designer Rick Heinrichs (Star Wars: The Last Jedi); Supervisor of the visual effects of Oscar winner Jason Smith (The Avengers); fashion designer Kate Hawley (Suicide Squad); Tolkien’s scholar, Tom Shippey; and illustrator and artist concept of John Howe (Trilogy of Lord of the Rings). 17 new additions joined the showrunners and executive producers announced earlier J.D Payne and Patrick McKay, and director J.A. Bayona (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom), which will direct the first two episodes, and executive producer with production partner Belén Atienza.
“This team is our Fellowship – gathered from all over the world, all walking together to try and achieve something far greater than we can do ourselves,” Payne and McKay said in a statement prepared last weekend. “We feel humble and very fortunate to be surrounded by inspiring and talented women and men.”
While we now know about the existing creative team, we still know very little about cast and narratives. Markella Kavenagh was reportedly employed as a member of the first cast last week, and the prequel series will be set during the Second Age, which was hundreds or thousands of years before the events of the first Lord of the Rings film.
Production is being handled by Amazon Studios, in collaboration with Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins – publisher of The Lord of the Rings – and New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros. who worked for The Lord of the Rings by Peter Jackson. film trilogy.
Amazon hopes to release the Lord of the Rings prequel series in 2021. According to previous reports, it must begin production two years after the agreement was signed, which sets a deadline until the end of 2019.