Tell Peter Jackson to leave LOTR alone!

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It's a real shame to think that after making the terrific original trilogy, plus a fun if controversial follow-up trilogy, Peter Jackson would consider returning to The Lord of the Rings for a third time, by way of association with Amazon's multi-million-dollar disaster LOTR series. It would be a total sell-out on Peter Jackson's part and would prove that he cares more about capitol than the passion of film-making.

Some actors have voiced their varied enthusiasm and displeasure at the remake: Ian McKellen (Gandalf) had this to say: "“I haven’t said yes because I haven’t been asked. But are you suggesting that someone else is going to play it? Gandalf is over 7000 years old, so I’m not too old.”

Andy Serkis (Gollum) has opted out, saying: “I don’t think I actually would at this point in time. I feel like I’ve been part of Middle-Earth for a long period of time in my life and it was a great experience, but I can’t foresee that.” 

John Rhys-Davies (Gimli) voiced strong criticism: "It's just a disgrace. I mean, poor Tolkien must be spinning in his grave..."It’s not about doing it better, it’s about making more money, that’s all. If they think they can make more money, then they will."  

Sean Astin (Sam) doesn't seem to dislike the idea: “I’ve been saying for 15 years…maybe like 12 years after Lord of the Rings came out, that it would get remade. And people always said, ‘Oh no, it’ll never get remade! It’s a classic! They could never top it!’ And I’m like, ‘No, it’ll get remade. It’s a massive story! The characters are so beloved.”

Oversaturation might become the death of yet another wildly popular franchise. Furthermore, directing yet more Middle-earth based adventures would prove Jackson is perhaps good for little else. 

Encourage Peter Jackson to tell new stories on new frontiers. Remind him to be an innovator. An original thinker. Tell Peter Jackson your disapproval of a rumoured billion-dollar return to Middle-earth today by signing this petition.



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