If Amazon’s Lord of the Rings TV show stumbles, it won’t be for lack of talent, it seems. The company has announced some of the creative talent behind the scenes, including writers, producers, and artists.
In short, the show is absolutely stacked with talent.
The showrunners are JD Payne and Patrick McKay. They have no TV writing credits to their name, but neither did D.B. Weiss and David Benioff before the start of Game of Thrones. The writers room for the untitled Lord of the Rings show includes Gennifer Hutchinson (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul), Helen Shang (Hannibal), Justin Dohle (Stranger Things), Bryan Cogman (Game of Thrones), and Stephany Folsom (Toy Story 4).
Cogman in particular is a big get for Amazon, as the veteran Game of Thrones producer was the “third head of the dragon” for HBO’s fantasy show alongside Weiss and Benioff.
J.A. Bayona, the director of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, is directing episodes 1 and 2 of the Lord of the Rings show.
Kate Hawley is the costume designer; she previously worked on Edge of Tomorrow and Suicide Squad. Rick Heinrichs, who won an Oscar for Sleepy Hollow and also worked on The Last Jedi, is the production designer; Jason Smith, who worked on The Revenant, Super 8, and The Avengers) is the visual effects supervisor. Tolkien scholar Tom Shippey is also working on the new Amazon show, as is Lord of the Rings movie trilogy illustrator and concept artist John Howe.
The Amazon show also has numerous producers, including people who have worked on Westworld, Boardwalk Empire, 10 Cloverfield Lane, and The Departed.
Earlier this month, it was reported that the Lord of the Rings TV show cast its first series regular, Markella Kavenagh, in the role of a character named Tyra.
The Lord of the Rings show is set before the events of JRR Tolkien’s trilogy of books and Peter Jackson’s movie adaptations. It will take place during the Second Age, which is a 3,441-year period that covered major events like the forging of the Rings of Power, the War of Sauron, the beginning of the Ringwraiths, and the Numenor island sinking into the ocean.
The show will air on Amazon Prime, though a release date has not been announced.
In Lord of the Rings video game news, a new Lord of the Rings title focused on Gollum is in development at Daedalic Entertainment, while a brand-new Lord of the Rings MMO is coming from Amazon–though it is not connected to the TV show.
Amazon Lord of the Rings TV Show Crew
— JD Payne and Patrick McKay
— Gennifter Hutchinson (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul
— Helen Shang (Hannibal, 13 Reasons Why)
— Jason Cahill (The Sopranos, ER)
— Glenise Mullins (consulting writer)
— Justin Dohle (stranger Things, Fringe)
–Bryan Cogman (Game of Thrones)
— Stephany Folsom (Toy Story 4)
— JA Bayona (Ep 1 and 2)
— Belen Atienza (The Orphanage, A Monster Calls, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom)
— Bruce Richmond (GoT, Westworld, The Leftovers)
— Gene Kelly (Boardwalk Empire, The Pacific, Westworld)
— Lindsey Weber (10 Cloverfield Lane, Star Trek Beyond)
— Ron Ames (The Aviator, The Departed, Avengers: Age of Ultron)
— Kate Hawley (Edge of Tomorrow, Suicide Squad)
— Rick Heinrichs (The Last Jedi, Sleepy Hollow, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest)
Visual Effects Supervisor
— Jason Smith (Avengers, Super 8, The Revenant)
— Tom Shippey
— John Howe (LOTR trilogy)