From one epic to another: ‘Game of Thrones’ writer Bryan Cogman joins Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’
Game of Thrones’ writer and co-executive producer, Bryan Cogman, is trading one epic for another as he joins the team of Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series as a consultant, according to Variety. Cogman will join the writing team of JD Payne and Patrick McKay, who were announced to have been developing the series for Amazon back in July.
Cogman started off his work on Game of Thrones as an assistant to creators and showrunners of the seminal HBO series, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Later he gained popularity for his in-depth knowledge of Westeros and technical acumen. In fact, Cogman bagged a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series in 2015 for Game of Thrones. Bogman’s final work on the iconic series is the second episode of season eight – A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.
Meanwhile the new series based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings will be set in the Second Age, as confirmed by Amazon recently. This puts around 3,000 years of history and myth between the series and the events of Lord of the Rings. In fact, Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring starts towards the end of the Second Age, when the elves and men forged the last alliance to fight Sauron’s forces. The Second Age begins with the banishment of Morgoth, the dark lord before Sauron and encompasses nearly 3,441 years. The series can delve into the mythos of this period which includes the rise of Sauron, creation of the One Ring, and the appearance of the Ringwraiths.
Amazon acquired rights to the iconic fantasy series last year and is rumored to become the most expensive TV series of all time. The television rights and productions costs of the show are rumored to be in the range of $500 million.Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy garnered critical acclaim and commercial success, and is hailed as a landmark in the realm of fantasy epics. The movie also won a combined 17 Academy Awards, and featured a stellar cast comprising Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Sean Astin and Orlando Bloom. It remains to be seen whether the TV show can live up to its illustrious predecessor, however, the addition of Cogman only increases their chances.
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