As­ton pre­dicted re­make

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Peter Jack­son’s Lord of the Rings star Sean Astin isn’t the least sur­prised by Ama­zon Prime Video’s news that it will be turn­ing JRR Tolkien’s world into a TV se­ries.

The stream­ing ser­vice con­firmed yes­ter­day that it will join forces with the Tolkien Es­tate and Trust, HarperCollins and Warner Bros’ off­shoot New Line Cin­ema to cre­ate a multi-sea­son adap­ta­tion of the cel­e­brated fan­tasy nov­els.

Astin, who played hob­bit Sam­wise Gamgee in the noughties film tril­ogy, told US ra­dio host Kyle An­der­son that he had been say­ing for 15 years that ‘‘maybe like 12 years af­ter Lord of the Rings came out, that it would get re­made’’.

The for­mer Goonies star, cur­rently ap­pear­ing on the sec­ond sea­son of Net­flix’s Stranger Things, added that many had dis­agreed with him, call­ing it a ‘‘clas­sic’’ they could ‘‘never top’’, but he was un­moved.

‘‘No, it’ll get re­made,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s a mas­sive story! The char­ac­ters are so beloved.’’

An­der­son then asked Astin if he would con­sider repris­ing his role for the se­ries.

‘‘I’m car­ry­ing the Sam­wise ban­ner for the Peter Jack­son ver­sion of Lord of the Rings, Astin said.

‘‘When I saw the Ama­zon thing, that didn’t even oc­cur to me. I just sort of thought, ‘What would it be like to see the next Sam there?’ I think it’s an in­trigu­ing idea, but the devil’s in the de­tails. How would they do it? How? Who?’’

He be­lieved the key to do­ing the se­ries well would be to al­low the film-mak­ers to have cre­ative con­trol, a la Stranger Things.

’’I’m sure they were giv­ing script notes, but I never saw ‘em,’’ he said about Net­flix.

‘‘The Duf­fers got to make their movie. And the same was true with New Line and Peter Jack­son and the Lord of the Rings tril­ogy.

‘‘The chal­lenge would be: could they find some team to do it that they could let to their thing, or are they go­ing to squat on it? It’s hard to make a TV se­ries like this by com­mit­tee.’’

Astin added that a se­ries would also al­low the cre­ators to ex­plore more as­pects of Mid­dle Earth.

‘‘The Mines of Mo­ria are re­ferred to a lot in Lord of the Rings,’’ he said.

‘‘And I guess in the Hob­bit tril­ogy, you spent a lit­tle time with them, but the cul­ture of the dwarves in the mines, I would love to see like five hours of that.’’


Sean Astin be­lieves the key to do­ing a Rings TV se­ries well would be to al­low the film-mak­ers to have cre­ative con­trol

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