Monday, September 27, 2021

J.A. Bayona to Direct New Amazon Series Set in Middle-Earth

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Amazon’s upcoming show based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s mighty novels has just hired Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom director J.A. Bayona for the first two episodes of the series.

Bayona will also serve as executive producer, together with previous producing partner Belén Atienza.

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Bayona is no stranger to directing big and visually stunning projects, with his most recent project being Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. He also directed A Monster Calls (2016), The Orphanage (2007), and two episodes of the hit show Penny Dreadful (2014).

“I can’t wait to take audiences around the world to Middle-earth and have them discover the wonders of the Second Age, with a never before seen story,” said Bayona in an exclusive interview with Deadline.

Amazon will be producing the series in cooperation with Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins, and New Line Cinema. Writers JD Payne and Patrick McKay are already working on bringing Middle-earth to life, and the show will be a prequel to the events in The Lord of the Rings, so there is a wealth of material to include. So Payne and McKay have a big job ahead of them trying to decide that to include in the show.

What would you like to see from the Second Age? Leave a comment below!

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Despite having been a fangirl for as long as she can remember, it wasn’t until Emelie left the security of her hometown in the north of Sweden for the hustle and bustle of Gothenburg, that she found her tribe and really immersed herself in fandom. She currently works as second line field engineer tech support, and shares her home with cats Loki and Stiles. In her free time you can find her either playing Dungeons & Dragons 5e, or on Twitter (@killingnormalcy) yelling about Critical Role, Marvel, Twenty One Pilots, and Overwatch.

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