Amazon are betting big on their upcoming Lord of the Rings TV show. As in, one billion dollars big. It's safe to say, then, that they need to make it about something that'll guarantee it works, and according to a new rumour they may have found it.
As per fansite The One Ring, the first season of Amazon's Middle-earth series will centre on a young Aragorn, covering his journey before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien's books/Peter Jackson's trilogy as he starts to become the man he was born to be.
That the series will focus on a familiar character makes a lot of sense, at least from Amazon's perspective, as it makes it appeal to a wider audience. And of those characters, it is Aragorn who has the most complexity, depth, and potential story to tell, as The One Ring outlined in their Twitter thread.
This does still need to be taken as just a rumour for now, with little in the way of concrete information about the show just yet. We know it's costing a LOT of money and will be a prequel to the movies, but anything else should be taken with a grain of salt. This, though, does make sense - certainly commercially, but perhaps creatively as well.
Aragorn has a hero's journey to tell, with his royal lineage withheld for part of his life, and him fighting in various armies under different pseudonyms, allowing for not only a character study but much further exploration of Tolkein's world, especially if this - as it sounds - leads to more of an anthology series format.
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