‘The Rings of Power’ Producers Aren’t Concerned About That Other Fantasy Drama On HBO — TCA

audience of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power promise their fantasy drama amazon prime will feature all new stories and is not a “reboot or retread” of what JRR Tolkien fans saw in the movies.

“It’s a new story for most people who are going to see it. We weren’t interested in the nostalgia drama,” showrunner Patrick McKay said Friday at the Television Critics Tour. had to earn its place at the beginning, rise or fall depending on its merits. There are different stories that you have seen before.”

“This is before Frodo, before the rings, the time during which the rings of power were forged,” said showrunner J.D. Payne.

Premiering on September 2, the series is set in the second era of Middle-earth – thousands of years before the events of the Lord of the Rings films and novels. Starting in a time of relative peace, the action follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they face the long-apprehensive re-emergence of evil on Middle-earth.

“We hope its human drama will be as engaging and accessible to anyone, as well as the super fan,” McKay said. power rings At the same time another much awaited fantasy drama is coming out – dragon house on HBO. game of Thrones The prequel series featuring George RR Martin, Ryan Kondal and Miguel Sapochnik will premiere on August 21.

The new plays also target different audiences. The Rings of Power is billed as more family-friendly. (Payne said that if “you’re old enough to read books, you’re old enough to look.”) Python is more adult; There is nudity and gore in the first episode.

“We don’t think about this show in terms of what genre it is and other shows that might be out there,” he said. “We really think [Tolkien’s] The work of life, the creation of this middle world, the realms beyond middle earth … it drowns out what is happening somewhere else in some other realm.”

Head of the ensemble are Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Robert Aramayo, Owen Arthur, Maxim Baldry, Nazanin Boniadi, Morpheid Clark, Ismail Cruz Cordova, Charles Edwards, Tristan Gravell, Sir Lenny Henry, Emma Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawley, Tyro Muhafidin, Sofia Nomwaite, Lloyd Owen, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, Leon Wadham, Benjamin Walker, Daniel Weyman and Sarah Zwangobani.

Payne and McKay are accompanied by executive producers Lindsay Weber, Callum Greene, J.A. Bayona, Belen Atienza, Justin Doble, Jason Cahill, Gennifer Hutchison, Bruce Richmond, and Sharon Tal Uguado and producers Ron Ames and Christopher Newman. Wayne Che Yip is co-executive producer and directs with JA Bayona and Charlotte Brandstrom.