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Episode 111 – Just Three Turkeys

On this episode of Nerd & Tie, we start by discussing how Nobuhiro Watsuki, creator of Rurouni Kenshin, has been charged with possession of child pornography. After we all feel gross for a few minutes, we move on to the details surrounding the Lord of the Rings television series in the works at Amazon, Rian Johnson tackling his own Star Wars trilogy, and convention chain Wizard World’s financial woes.

Oh, and we all went to Daisho Con, and it was awesome.

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Amazon Greenlights ‘Lord of the Rings’ TV Series For Multiseason Order

Last week we reported that Amazon was in talks with Warner Bros and the Tolkien estate to produce a Lord of the Rings television series for their Prime streaming service. Well, it’s now moved beyond talks, as it’s now being reported that Amazon has made a multiseason order for the show.

Interestingly enough, the series will not rehash the events of anything covered in the Peter Jackson films. Instead the show will focus on stories that occurred prior to The Lord of the Rings. We don’t really know specifically what that means though, whether these will be events between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings or if we’re tackling something bigger like The Silmarillion.

No word yet on the creative team, let alone actors or a release date, but we also know the deal includes the options for spinoff series as well.

Via EW

Amazon in Talks to Make ‘Lord of the Rings’ Television Series

Amazon is apparently in talks to develop a television series based on J.R.R. Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings. Warner Bros and the Tolkien estate have apparently been shopping the program around with a pretty hefty price tag, and it looks like the streaming service is biting.

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos had apparently instructed Amazon Studios to pursue a large scale genre show, so it makes sense that this is a property they’d go after. The fact that Warner Bros and the Tolkein estate are working together productively is probably the more surprising part, as they only just settled their 2012 lawsuit over merchandising this last summer.

Honestly, I’m not sure if this is something that anyone really wants though. While the later Hobbit films had some issues, most people love the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings movies. Any show they produce will not just be judged against the source material, but against a movie version of the franchise that’s remembered fondly. While Jackson’s films weren’t flawless, if a television series gets wrong what the movies got right the critics will have a field day with it.

But I guess we’ll see what happens.

Via Variety, Deadline

A Map of Middle Earth Annotated By Tolkien Discovered

When illustrator Pauline Baynes was hired by publisher Allen & Unwin in 1970 to produce illustrations for a new edition of The Lord of the Rings, she corresponded with J.R.R. Tolkien to make sure she got everything right. Fast forward to 2015, and a copy of a map of Middle Earth from that correspondence has been discovered, with detailed annotations written by Tolkien himself.

The map is full of little details, like how Hobbiton is on the same latitude as Oxford, and uses Belgrade, Cyprus, and Jerusalem as points of reference. Tolkien is really one of the first notable authors to be obsessed with world building, and the level of detail in his notes shows this quite clearly.

Technically, you can own this yourself if you feel like shelling out a pretty penny for it. Blackwell’s is currently selling the map for £60,000.

Via The Guardian

‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ trailer just as cool as you thought it would be

Did you think we were going to forget about the trailer for the final installment in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit films? Well we didn’t!

The trailer, oddly enough, features “The Edge of Night” — which you’ll remember is sung by Billy Boyd’s character Pippin in “Return of the King” (Boyd wrote the melody, the lyrics come from Tolkien). Since I doubt a likely-unborn-yet Pippin is going to show up at the Battle of the Five Armies, my money is on Jackson picking it for the trailer because of its haunting melody.

And boy does it work.