‘The Lord of the rings’ will be one of the first high-budget television productions to resume filming in the middle of a coronavirus pandemic. The New Zealand Government has granted permission to the Amazon Prime Video series team to return to the oceanic country, so J.A. Bayona will be able to finish the recording of the first two episodes of the ambitious fiction, of which one of the cast members of the film trilogy is very excited.
Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins
The adaptation that Amazon is preparing will be set long before the Peter Jackson movies, which will not prevent us from reuniting with a known character, but that does not mean that the return of members of the original cast will take place. Still, in an interview with IndieWire, Elijah Wood, who rose to fame with his portrayal of Frodo, is not losing sight of the development of this new version: « I am very fascinated with what they are doing with the series. They are calling it ‘The Lord of the Rings’, but I think it is a bit misleading. As far as I know, the material they are working on exists much earlier chronologically in Middle-earth mythology than the characters in « The Lord of the Rings ». Sounds more like the era of « The Silmarillion ». I don’t want to sound like a geek, but it’s the Second Age of Middle-earth. «
The fact that he has gone back so far to find the setting for the series also keeps Wood intrigued, that he will not miss the premiere as New Zealand landscapes are the natural set of the production: « It seems like there will be at least a visual continuity with what we did in the movies. It is no surprise that they will re-record, or have been allowed to do so, because New Zealand has mastered all of this and they are free of coronaviruses. It is one of the few places on the planet where it is possible [volver a grabar]. «
In 2012, Wood brought Frodo back to life in a special appearance in the first movie in « The Hobbit, » and now he doesn’t shut the door on appearing in the Amazon series, unless it’s from some crazy idea: « If there is a world where that makes sense and is organic to what they’re doing, then yes. Look, if there’s any excuse to go to New Zealand to work on something, I’ll be there. «