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Netflix has reportedly offered a $250 million “Marvel Approach” to Lord of the Rings TV shows, but “freaked out” about the Tolkien estate.

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  • Netflix featured Tolkien’s estate on the Lord of the Rings TV shows before Amazon got the rights.

  • According to The Hollywood Reporter, it took a “Marvel approach” that “freaked out” the property.

  • HBO also featured the property in a television series, THR reported, which aimed to essentially remake the film trilogy.

Before Amazon got hold of the rights to its “Lord of the Rings” series “The Rings of Power”, other applicants vied for the fantasy IP.

One of them was Netflix. The Hollywood Reporter reported on Wednesday that the streaming giant had submitted several ideas to the Tolkien estate, including a Gandalf show and an Aragorn series (characters appearing in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy by Ian McKellen and Viggo Mortensen were played). .

A source told THR that Netflix took a “Marvel approach and it totally messed up the property.”

THR also reported that Netflix bid $250 million for the rights, which has been widely cited as the number Amazon paid for the series. Amazon offered “tens of millions fewer” according to THR, although the number was “still mind-blowing.”

Neither Netflix nor the Tolkien Estate immediately responded to insiders’ requests for comment.

Another potential suitor was HBO, which already has a big-budget fantasy franchise in Game of Thrones and its currently airing prequel, House of the Dragon.

The premium cable network pitched the property to retell the ‘Third Age’ story from JRR Tolkien’s books, which would have essentially meant a remake of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ film trilogy. The property was handed over because it didn’t want to reheat known territory, according to THR.

Amazon eventually landed the series by pledging a close relationship that would give the estate creative say, according to THR.

The plan is to tell the story of the “Second Age” of Middle-earth over the course of five seasons – essentially the prologue to the first film, The Fellowship of the Ring. The first season of the show ends next Friday.

The show had a solid debut. Nielsen said that in the first four days of its release, US viewers watched 1.25 billion minutes of the two-episode premiere (equivalent to over 12 million viewers, according to THR).

But the show is grappling with mounting pains, such as B. Violent audience reactions (some of which are the result of “review bombing” on aggregation sites like Rotten Tomatoes by racist fans, but it’s impossible to determine the magnitude of those reactions).

Its creators believe the show will improve over the course of the first season and will be “bigger and better” on “every level” in the second season, co-showrunner Patrick McKay told THR.

Read the original article on Business Insider

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