As Amazon continues to develop a Lord of the Rings TV series for its Prime Video streaming service, not a lot is known about the project. However, it was rumored that someone very familiar with the franchise was getting involved.
It was previously reported that Peter Jackson–who directed the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films–was one of the people Amazon was looking to as a possible writer, director, or showrunner on the series. Jackson, on the other hand, says that is definitely not the case.
Speaking to French outlet Allocine (via The Playlist), Jackson confirms he has nothing to do with Amazon’s show. “I’m not involved at all in the Lord of the Rings series,” he says. “I understand how my name could come up, but there is nothing happening with me on this project.”
It doesn’t get any more clear than that. While it’s unknown who Amazon is looking at to fill the creative roles on their Lord of the Rings show, it’s definitely not Peter Jackson. It’s possible the streamer may have approached him at some point, but the story goes no further.
Another rumor the producer of the upcoming Mortal Engines is dispelling is the notion that he may be lining up a comic book movie to direct. “That’s not true. I had no discussions about that,” he says. “I’m not a fan of comics, I’ve never read any, so I’m not particularly interested in adapting one for cinema. That’s not true at all.”
Truth be told, that’s probably a great idea. There are so many comic book adaptations happening every year now. Does the world need one from someone who has zero interest in comic books as a whole?