The Amazon founder traveled to London’s Leicester Square for the premiere of the big-budget TV show in a move to establish its importance to the company.
Bezos, with Amazon Studios boss Jennifer Salke, showrunners Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne, and the remaining cast and crew appeared in London’s Leicester Square to see how the highly anticipated series shapes up. Bezos addressed the crowd before they began, giving insight into the process and the former Amazon CEO’s impact on the series.
They didn’t create this creative decision into consideration too much. Bezos says the showrunners did not consider his advice, even if that was the best thing possible.
Every showrunner’s dream is to get notes on early scripts and cuts from the Executive Chairman, and they love that. He wants to thank you both for listening whenever it helped, but he needs to thank you for ignoring me at the right time. One of our best decisions was to bet on this relatively unknown team because we saw a special.
Bezos is putting little pressure on McKay and Payne, whose join thus far in their career is relatively small. The pair worked on Star Trek Beyond as writers for the 2016 movie and currently have a Flash Gordon project in development. But the Rings of Power is one of their biggest assignment, as it would be for most filmmakers. The $465 million project has plenty of riding on its first season, which consists of ten episodes.
Bezos shared some quality words from his son, saying, ‘My kid is a huge Tolkien fan and after Amazon was involved, he came up to me, looked me in the eye, and said ‘Dad, please don’t f**k this up.
Fans do not have to hold for the final product for too long, as The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power creates its way to Prime Video this week.
The Rings of Power is the most expensive series ever produced; however, that does not mean the series has no competition. House of the Dragon, the prequel to HBO’s hugely successful Game of Thrones series, premiered a few weeks ago on August 2.
The series drew more than 10 million viewers for its premiere and 20 million after a week. The next episode did even better, gaining more than 2% higher audience accounting for 10.2 million fans on the Sunday night the episode debuted.
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The Rings of Power will need to do it again their success if Amazon wants to make their $465 million again. Although Prime Video rarely displays its viewership numbers, the initial buzz and reception of the two projects will give fans an idea of which fancy series is reigning supreme.