Warner Bros have announced a deal which will allow them to make “multiple” movies based on Tolkein’s Middle Earth and Lord of the Rings material. New Line Cinema will lead. There’s currently no directors or creatives attached, or any sense of what these movies might contain, but you’ve got to be a confidant person to try and follow Peter Jackson’s work.
Now, if you’re wondering how well this has been accepted by the internet, you don’t really have to ask, do you. We spent a considerable amount of time trying to find a positive response, and found zero.
So, full poison chalice time for whoever does this. That said, there’s some great material in Tolkein’s writing which could be filmed, New Line just need to avoid lazy follow ons. But will the internet give them the time and space to do this?