The ‘LORD OF THE RINGS‘ show on Amazon Prime has gotten its official synopsis which was shared by TheOneRing.net.
Before sharing it with you, there are some things I fell you should know. First: the show was announced three years ago and its estimated cost is around $1 BILLION (as of now). According to the agreement between Amazon and the Tolkien Estate, it is said that it must be at least five seasons long. Filming begins this month back-to-back on the first 2 seasons in New Zealand, the same location where ‘The Lord of The Rings‘- and ‘The Hobbit‘- trilogies were filmed.
Secondly, the show will take place in the second age, which is 3441 years long. That’ll be long before the events of the 3rd age in which the films unfold.
Amazon Studios’ forthcoming series brings to screens for the very first time the heroic legends of the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth’s history. This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and will take viewers back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the finest of threads, and the greatest villain that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness. Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the elf-capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the furthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone.
Of course the franchise has a HUGE fanbase thanks to Peter Jackson and Christopher Tolkien’s (J.R.R. Tolkien’s third son) dedication to dive in, edit and release his father’s unfinished works: ex: ‘The Silmarillion’, ‘The History of Middle-Earth’, ‘The Children of Hurin’, ‘Beren and Luthien’, ‘The Fall of Gondolin’ etc. And people around the WWW are excited about the news. There are some neat theories based on the synopsis above. I’d like to share the following with you:
“and will take viewers back to an era in which great powers were forged” “From this statement it’s probably safe to assume they are covering the forging of the rings of power as “forged” isn’t a term usually applied to armies, kingdoms or people.“
“kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin” “This is most likely a reference to the Kingdom of Numenor.”
“to the furthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone”. “Furthest reaches of the map” could be a reference to the eastern most part of Middle-earth, Rhun, and/or the Numenoreons sailing expeditions to the far north and far south.
“unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the finest of threads” “I would guess this is a reference to the Faithful of Numenor who escaped the Downfall and founded the Kingdoms of Arnor and Gondor.“
‘Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order‘ has been a hit with both critics and audiences. Metacritic lists it at 79% from critics and 77% from users. And not only!
Released on November 15, 2019 for PS4, Xbox One and PC, it sold 10 million copies by March 31, 2020 (source: Venturebeat); a commercial success which most likely means that the game’s publisher – EA – and its makers – Respawn Entertainment (‘Apex Legends‘, ‘Titanfall‘) – will further develop the franchise. Not least because the patch/update released today.
The “next-gen optimization update” for Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 is improving the visuals (in terms of framerate and resolution). Here follows a quick summary:
The RTS- series ‘Battle for Middle-Earth‘, based on the Tolkien-created LOTR- universe are among the best strategy games ever made AND perhaps the best using Warner Bros.’ license.
The footage above is the first gameplay reveal of the enthusiasts- based remade project. It’s based on the first game in the series, released 2004 by EA. A sequel(BFME2) and an expansion to the sequel(The Rise of the Witch-king) followed the original.
The license went back to Warner Bros. in 2008, so ‘Battle for Middle-Earth: Reforged’ could become the closest thing to a remaster for at least a couple of years. The makers state that this is a non-commercial fan project currently under development. It introduces “Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth” to a brand new game engine – Unreal Engine 4.
Swedish filmsite MovieZine reports that production for DCEU’s standalone ‘The Flash’- movie should start this spring.
The project has been announced 2014 and it seems like it’s finally greenlit.
According to the source, Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton will be a part of the feature. They’ve both played Batman in past projects and the explanation, [according to Ezra Miller, who plays The Flash] is parallel universes.
We’ve seen different stories and this allows the DCEU to weave togheter the threads and set up for a new and exciting multiverse. Director Andy Muschietti has mentioned that besides featuring many DC-characters, time travel will be involved, allowing him [The Flash] to change events of his life.
Keep your fingers crossed for the announced November 2022 release. Until then, select territories will get The Snyder Cut on HBO Max.
Ever since EA has confirmed that a new ‘Battlefield’- title will arrive this year, tons of rumors and speculations have popped up.
Now, the title of the next game is still to be announced but we’re all calling it ‘Battlefield 6’ for now.
New rumors claim that it will double its player multiplayer battling limit from 64 to 128, and that we will get a never before seen scale of destruction, all this thanks to the new generation of Xbox and Playstation hardware.
The next chapter will have World War 3 as setting and could (possibly) tell the tale of a NATO vs. Russia conflict. It could “track soldiers from different countries as the war rages in every corner of the world.”
Other sources claim it will be set in present day or at least not in a too far future, which could make the WW3 speculation possible.
‘The Watch’ is a new series based on characters from the late author Tery Pratchett‘s ‘Discworld‘- novels. The show will start off with an eight parts first season. Because there’s a lot of lore, interesting characters, stories and humor, fans are hoping more will come.
However, both IMDb and the Youtube video description state that this project is “inspired” or “based” on characters created by Sir Tery Pratchett. In other words: it may not be a storyline or a faithful adaptation of his works BUT as a casual fantasy- fan I’d still be excited.
If it resonates with the audience, there’s no doubt there will be more.
Premieres Sunday, January 3rd on BBC America or stream it on AMC+.