Amazon Chief Jeff Bezos (pictured above, left) thanked “Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” presenter Patrick McKay and John De Payne at the UK premiere Amazon Prime Video Tuesday Night Series – To ignore his remarks on the show.
“Every showrunner’s dream — and I mean every show maker — their dream is to get script feedback and early cuts from the founder and CEO,” Bezos quipped while presenting the first two episodes of the series at Odeon Luxe Cinema in Leicester Square. “They loved it. I want to thank you both for listening whenever it helps but mostly I need to thank you both for ignoring me at the exact right times.”
Bezos also revealed that he had reservations about choosing McKay and Payne, who have a few credits between them, to lead. Expensive mega movie seriessaying, “One of the best decisions we’ve made was to bet on this relatively unknown team. Some people even questioned our choice. But we saw something special. JD, Patrick, thank you for taking this and putting yourself fully into it. Everyone here in this. Audience, you are all about to see that we made the right decision.”
In a rare speech, the Amazon chief told the audience, which included Token’s grandson Michael Tolkien, Amazon studio head Jennifer Salk, TV chief Vernon Sanders, cast members, the press, and even some full-dressed fans of Middle-earth, that he himself had become the first Once. He was fond of fiction books as a teenager – and that his Tolkien-obsessed son had warned him not to “spoil” the series.
“It was my grandfather who introduced me to Tolkien,” Bezos said. “I fell in love right away, maybe 13 or 14 years old. I fell in love with adventure of course, with the detailed universe, with feelings of hope and optimism, with the idea that everyone has a role to play. I am happy to report that this cycle continues today. My kids have also become fans Tolkien. In fact, I think one of my children is close to Tolkien realm level who knows a lot about this universe. And after Amazon participated in this project, my son came to me one day, looked me in the eye very sincerely, and said, “Dad, please don’t do this And he was right. We know that this world is important to many people, we know it’s a privilege to work within this world and we know it’s a huge responsibility.”
Salk also took to the stage before showing the show to thank Bezos, the cast, crew and especially the Tolkien estate “for their trust and partnership”. It is understood that Amazon Studios struck a direct deal with Tolkien’s ownership of the IP license, enabling it to bypass Saul Zaentz, which Until last month you control all screen rights Except for TV series that are more than eight episodes long. The Prime Video series consists of eight episodes.
As he walked the red carpet at the London premiere, cast members including Sir Lenny Henry (pictured above, right), who plays Sadoc Burrows, Morfydd Clark (top left), who plays Elf Galadriel (the younger version From the character (played by Cate Blanchett in a Peter Jackson quote) and Markella Cavina as adventurer “Nori” Brandi Foot.
Audience members were treated to the first two episodes of the show, which premiered on Amazon Prime Video on September 2, with several cast members receiving raucous cheers when they appeared on screen. After the credits were handed out, the audience, which also included Minnie Driver and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge” star Kaya Scodelario, was taken to the after-party at the British Library, which is conveniently located in the literary heart of London.