JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings fans are starting a petition calling on Amazon to exclude nudity from the upcoming Lord of the Rings series.
A petition has been created that asks Amazon to keep nudity out of the next the Lord of the Ringss series. Written by JRR Tolkien, the Lord of the Rings is one of the best-selling novels of all time and spawned a host of epic film adaptations directed by Peter Jackson. In 2018, Amazon rocked the fantasy world by ordering a the Lord of the Rings TV series with a multi-season engagement.
Located in a period well before the events of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, the Amazon show takes place in Tolkien’s timeline known as The Second Age. Lasting 3,441 years, marking the conception of the One Ring and ending with the defeat of Sauron’s army, The Second Age offers many story arcs and new faces for the saga. Recently, many developments of the series have been unveiled. These include the release of the show’s official synopsis, the departure of actor Tom Budge and Charlotte Brändström taking the reins as new director. While a first official look at Amazon’s latest adaptation has yet to be revealed, it looks like the Lord of the Rings fans insist the show stays in the same family wheelhouse as the movies.
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A petition has been started on Change.org by a group called Catholic Memes calling on Amazon to refrain from using any nudity in the the Lord of the Rings series. Apparently, the idea for the petition came to fruition after the rumor that the the Lord of the Rings the show would feature nudity, which arose out of a casting notice for a production in Auckland, New Zealand (where the show is filmed) that the actors had to be comfortable with partial or full nudity . In addition to the casting notice, intimacy coordinator Jennifer Ward-Lealand has reportedly been hired for the upcoming fantasy series. Aimed at Amazon and director JA Bayona, the petition has over 32,000 signatures and reads:
Amazon Prime has an upcoming Lord of the Rings series ahead of the trilogy. They hired “intimacy coaches” and asked the actors to be comfortable doing nude scenes in the castings. Tolkien’s work is truly sane and filled with incredible Christian symbolism. He was a devout Catholic and his memory need not be marred with gratuitous nudity or even nudity at all. For the most part Tolkien’s designs have always been FAMILY-friendly … KEEP THAT SO.
For now, it remains to be seen whether the petition will grab the attention of Bayona and Amazon Studios. As it stands, it appears the signatures come from those who state that Tolkien was a devout religious follower and that portraying nudity or sex scenes in an adaptation of his work could mar the author’s vision. Of course, it hasn’t been confirmed that nudity or sex scenes will even be part of Amazon’s schedule. the Lord of the Rings scenario. Overseen by The Tolkien Estate, the latest adaptation is expected to stay true to its source material, and Tolkien’s books didn’t include explicit nudity.
Indeed, it has been speculated that Amazon is trying to find its own replacement for Game of thrones with the adaptations of the Lord of the Rings and The wheel of time. However, during his formidable run, The iron Thrones had often been scrutinized for his graphic sex scenes and nudity which most fans believed did not improve the storyline. Of course, adding unnecessary nudity or sex scenes to the the Lord of the Rings will certainly cause conflict with devoted fans, although one would expect the upcoming series to feature a level of intimacy between the fantastic characters not featured in the the Lord of the Rings cinema.
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