Peter Jackson confirms he's not involved with new LOTR series

Despite his overwhelming success with the original trilogy, the director wants to instead focus on other projects.

Director Peter Jackson has officially confirmed that he won't be a part of Amazon's highly-anticipated Lord of the Rings TV series.  

Speaking to French film magazine Allocine, Jackson plainly stated “I'm not involved at all in the ‘Lord of the Rings' series. I understand how my name could come up, but there is nothing happening with me on this project.”

Details about the show are currently quite scarce, but it's been confirmed that it'll run for five seasons and definitely be set before The War of The Ring which was explored in Jackson's Academy-Award winning trilogy. 

Dedicated fan site The One Ring claimed on Twitter that each season will be centered around a particular character, with the first set to explore the life of a younger Aragorn. 

A full cast or release date have yet to be announced but very it's unlikely that anyone from the previous films will be reprising their famous roles. 

Amazon acquired the global TV rights to The Lord of the Rings for $250 million and the project as a whole is apparently set to cost around an eye-watering $500 million, which will make it the most expensive series ever created. 

Jackson is currently working alongside director Christian Rivers on a film adaption of Mortal Engines, the first novel in Philip Reeve's young adult steampunk quartet of the same name. 

Source: Collider 

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