New “Lord of the Rings” movies are officially on the way from Warner Bros., and Andy Serkis is the first original cast member to say he’s ready to return to Middle-Earth. Serkis gave an iconic motion capture performance as Gollum in Peter Jackson’s original trilogy and reprised the role in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”
“Look, [producers] Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens are sort of a second family that I have become part of and have gone on to make so many films with,” Serkis told BroBible’s Post-Credit Podcast. “And — let me tell you — they are the best and most incredible people to work with. I think that there are so many other potential Middle-Earth projects which could come about, and if they’re doing them, I would, of course, jump at the chance to have that relationship rekindled.”
Serkis added, “Middle-Earth has never left me.”
While Amazon Prime Video is currently filming the second season of its series “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power,” Warner Bros. surprised fans at the end of February when it announced that newly-installed film studio leaders Mike De Luca and Pam Abdy brokered a deal to make “multiple” films based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” books. No additional information was given by the studio, meaning it’s anyone’s guess whether or not the story will pick up before, after or concurrently to Peter Jackson’s original trilogy.
In a statement to Variety, Peter Jackson and his main “Lord of the Rings” collaborators Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens said Warner Bros. “kept us in the loop every step of the way” regarding new “Lord of the Rings” movies. Jackson was behind all three “Rings” movies and all three “The Hobbit” movies, winning the Oscar for best director with “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”
“We look forward to speaking with [the studio] further to hear their vision for the franchise moving forward,” Jackson, Walsh and Boyens added in their statement.
Serkis currently stars opposite Idris Elba in “Luther: The Fallen Sun,” now streaming on Netflix.
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