The series doesn’t try to compete with the movies, says creator of The Lord of the Rings

In a recent interview with Empire, Patrick McKay, co-creator of the Lord of the Rings series, said the show doesn’t try to compete with the iconic film trilogy.

“Anyone approaching The Lord of the Rings on screen would be wrong not to think about how wonderfully Jackson got it so right. But we are admirers from afar, that’s all. The Rings of Power don’t try to compete with him.”

Despite this, anticipation for the series is huge. With an estimated budget of US$ 500 million in the first season, the expectation is something never seen before on TV.

The Lord of the Rings series produced in Amazon Studios brings to the screen for the first time the heroic legends of the Second Age of Middle-earth. This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of the main works of JRR Tolkien, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and will take audiences back to a time when great powers were forged, and kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin. Unlikely heroes will be tested, and hope will be dangling from the thinnest of threads, and the greatest villain Tolkien ever created has threatened to cover the entire world in darkness.

Starting in a time of relative peace, the series follows an important group of characters, with new and familiar figures, as they confront the resurgence of evil in Middle-earth. From the depths of the Mountains of Mist, to the fabled forests of the elven capital Lindon, to the isle of Númenor, and the deepest corners of the map, these realms and characters will carve out their legacy, something that will be etched far into history.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power arrives in the Prime Video catalog on September 2.