It was recently announced that Warner Bros and Amazon would be collaborating on a new Lord of the Rings television series.
But the TV series will be based on George R.R. Martin’s Red Council Edition, due to be published next year, rather than JRR Tolkien’s original masterpiece.
It is an understandable decision, given that Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films, now over 15 years old, still hold up well today and any small screen version would risk paling in comparison.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was also reportedly concerned that an adaption of the original text would not have enough sex and violence to hold the attention of a modern day viewer.
There will of course be no danger of a lack of sex or violence with the Game of Thrones creator at the helm of the adaption.
Early casting news also suggests a strong leaning towards Game of Thrones, with the deceptively small Kit Harrington signing on to play Frodo and Emilia Clarke starring as a female Sam Gamgee.
Frodo and Sam will be brother and sister in this adaption and it is heavily rumoured they will be romantically involved.
The Walking Dead‘s Norman Reedus will bring his hairy brooding and crossbow to the character of Aragorn, with Peter Dinklage and Orlando Bloom already working on their chemistry as Gimli and Legolas respectively.
Plot leaks have already emerged from Martin’s reworking, which is due out in 2018, but more realistically will be released around the same time as the next book in the Song of Ice and Fire series, The Winds of Winter, in 2026.
The key change from the original is the widely reported massacre at the Council of Elrond, culminating in Frodo’s decapitation, but other rumoured changes to Tolkien’s work include the Ride of the Rohirrim taking place on dragon’s back, an increase in the number of Nazgul from nine to 109 and Gandalf being a eunuch.
“People are going to love what Big George R.R. did with The Lord of the Rings,” gushed Bezos, “and we’ve secured Ned Stark himself, Sean Bean, who will be working on set as Fatality Consultant, so you can expect some really gruesome and creative deaths.
“And we’re going to make damn sure that it’s not just Sean who will die in this version!”