Bezos thanks the creators of ‘Rings of Power’ for ignoring notes on the show

THE ANGELS: Amazon boss Jeff Bezos thanked ‘The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power’ showrunners Patrick McKay and John D. Payne at the UK premiere of the Amazon Prime Video series on Tuesday night, for ignore your notes about the show.

“Every showrunner’s dream, and I mean every showrunner’s dream, is to get notes on scripts and early cuts from the founder and CEO,” Bezos joked as he introduced the first two episodes of the series.

“They loved that. I need to thank you both for listening to me every time you helped, but most of all I need to thank you for ignoring me at exactly the right times.”

Bezos also shared that there were reservations about casting McKay and Payne, who have just a handful of credits between them, to helm the insanely expensive blockbuster series, saying, “One of the best decisions we made was to go for this relatively unknown team. Some people even questioned our choice. But we saw something special.

“JD, Patrick, thank you for taking this on and putting your whole self into it. Everyone here in this audience is about to see that we made the right decision.”

In a rare speech, the Amazon boss told the audience, which included Tokien’s grandson Michael Tolkien, Amazon Studio head Jennifer Salke, television director Vernon Sanders, cast members, press and even some fans dressed in full Middle-earth cosplay, that he himself first became enamored with fantasy books as a teenager and had been warned by his Tolkien-obsessed son not to “ruin” the series.

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“My grandfather was the one who introduced me to Tolkien,” Bezos said.

“I fell in love immediately, I was probably 13 or 14 years old. I fell in love with the adventure, of course, with the detailed universe, with the feelings of hope and optimism, with the idea that everyone has a part to play. And I’m happy to report that that cycle continues today. My children have also become Tolkien fans.”

“In fact, I think one of my sons is approaching the level of a Tolkien scholar, he knows a lot about this universe. And after Amazon got involved in this project, my son came up to me one day, looked at me in the eyes, very sincerely, and he said to me: ‘Dad, please don’t screw this up’. And he was right. We know that this world is important for so many people, we know that it is a privilege to work within this world and we know that it is a great responsibility “.

Salke also took to the stage before the show was screened to thank Bezos, the cast and crew and, in particular, Tolkien’s estate “for their trust and collaboration.”

Amazon Studios is understood to have struck a deal directly with Tolkien’s estate to license the intellectual property, allowing them to bypass the Saul Zaentz Company, which until last month controlled all screen rights except the TV series of more of eight episodes. The Prime Video series consists of eight episodes.

Also walking the red carpet at the London premiere were members of the cast, including Sir Lenny Henry, who plays Sadoc Burrows, Morfydd Clark, who plays the elf Galadriel (the younger version of the character played by Cate Blanchett in the adaptation of Peter Jackson) and Markella Kavenagh, who plays the adventurer ‘Nori’ Brandyfoot.

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