There are many Fan groups that gather and talk about what they are looking forward to, and clamoring for. It may not mean much for big filmmakers, but for small independent filmmakers, this insight can be very inspirational. In some cases, fans come up with things that are downright brilliant. I've been involved with some of those groups so I'm going to give a summary of some of the most interesting.
But first, I wanted to answer questions I was asked by a friend about the new Amazon Lord of The Rings series being written by J.D. Payne and his writing team. Here is my analysis and comments. Don't forget to checkout my FalconPaladin Shoutcasting episodes on YouTube. If you want to talk about these things, feel free to contact me. I'll add your thoughts and comments to the bilge.
What do you think about Amazon's upcoming series of Lord of the Rings? Do you know much about that? Could you tell us your insights and opinions on it?
Q1. What kind of stories would you like to see for LOTR (series)?
A1. I think anything set in Middle Earth is fine. We don't necessarily need all familiar characters. Adventure, developing relationships, and good characters are what matter.
Q2. What do you think the general audience would like to see?
A2. The general audience wants to see good characters and relationships and intrigue. I think magic is incidental.
Q3. What do you think their (those who love the LOTR movies) general expectations are?
A3. LOTR hardcore fans expect everything to be consistent with Tolkien's world build, which, to be fair, is the most extensive and detail-oriented build ever. Elves must be elves, hobbits must be hobbits, etc. Nothing can happen that directly contradicts the existing canon. And the fans expect to be entertained. The writer's need to be 100% faithful to LOTR while being boring or poorly written doesn't help anyone.
Q4. What holes do you see in any or all of the LOTR movies?
A4. The LOTR trilogy is fine. Maybe a bit bloated, but the story is coherent and I can't think of any plot holes.
Q5. What about the time gaps between The Hobbit and LOTR?
A5. The time gap between The Hobbit and LOTR is clearly established in the books.
Q6. Are you interested in the stories that happened in between the two stories?
A6. I sure am. If that is the time period being covered by the Amazon series I'm very much looking forward to the episodes.
Q7. What do you think would cause this project to succeed?
A7. It has to grip people right off the bat. The pilot needs to knock us off our feet in some way. If they can nail the atmosphere and setting and give us at least three or four characters to care about, and hook us with a mystery, I think that's all we need.
Q8. What do you think could cause this project to fail?
A8. If the characters are blind and unlikable, that will sink any project. Also if they go for magic effects and whiff on it, that'll kill it, too.
Q9. Do you know anything about the writing team that has been assigned to take this over?
A9. I do not. I know it is JD Payne and his writing partner. I'm sure there wii.. be much more about this project and the writers as it gets closer to the time for release.
Q10. As a "fan" what would you tell them (the writers) if you could give them the most important advice from a fan?
10. Get the characters right. Make us care about who we're watching, and the relationships on screen, and you can get away with a lot of other differences. Give us something new that we can care about without it being too new.