The New Billion-Dollar 'LOTR' Show Has Crew Just for Working with Dust

An epic budget to go with an epic crew to go with its epic story. 

According to various reports, the new Lord of the Rings show will cost around $1 BILLION dollars for 5 seasons of the show. That's obviously a very pricey investment for Amazon, who hopes the show will fill the Game of Thrones-sized void in our hearts. 

But what does a billion dollars get you? 

According to actress Morfydd Clark, it gets you a dust guy. Clark plays the role of young Galadriel, famously played by Cate Blanchett in Peter Jackson’s original trilogy. 

In a recent interview with NME, she expanded on this idea, saying “I feel like I’ve got my fix of the massive stuff by doing Lord of the Rings. The amount of [people working] on this show is continually mind-blowing. One guy’s job consists just of seeing how dust reacts to footsteps and breath! That would never have even crossed my mind before. Other than something like Marvel, I don’t think things could get much bigger than this.”

I wonder if he works every day or that's just like for a specific episode? 

Either way, I cannot tell you how excited my nerd-heart is for this show...even though we have no idea when it will debut. The show was delayed by COVID, but is back in production now. 

Clark said, “It’s definitely strange going into lockdown with people that you have just started working with. But I think we all treat each other like family. Sure, you’ll occasionally get annoyed by people, but you still like them… because you don’t have a choice. I think this time I’ve spent with the cast will be useful on set. But I obviously worry that the audience will be able to see in our eyes that certain sections were filmed pre-lockdown and some afterwards.”

The Lord of the Rings series is being developed by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. Filmmaker J.A. Bayona is directing the first 2 episodes and also serving as executive producer. Along with Clark, the cast includes Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Nazanin Boniadi, and Tom Budge. Amazon has not yet announced a release date for the series but I remain hopeful we will see episodes sometime in 2021. 

Are you excited to head back to Middle Earth? 

Let us know in the comments.      

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I am as excited as I was for the new Hellboy coming out... Or the new Star Wars episodes.

September 25, 2020 at 11:21AM

Pavel Tsvetkov

Actually, no. I'm not at all excited about this. And I say this as a serious Tolkien geek - a fan of the movies (the first three, anyway) and someone who has read many volumes of the History of Middle Earth (in my book, you don't count as a Tolkien geek until you've read the Silmarillion at least twice: the first time is just for show, but the second shows your dedication).

But this seems like a total cash grab. And it's not as if the stories of the Second Age that they're basing this on are all that great. Tolkien loses a lot when there's no hobbits around, and there were no hobbits in the Second Age.

And if the Hobbit movies proved anything, it's that it's quite possible to make dreck out of Tolkien.

September 25, 2020 at 4:49PM