Amazon has recently acquired the global television rights to "The Lord of the Rings", based on the celebrated fantasy novels by J.R.R. Tolkien. Other details about the upcoming TV series are now not available.
Tolkien's estate discussed the possibility of bringing "Lord of The Rings" to the small screen with Amazon, HBO and Netflix. It's certainly possible and now, one individual has opened up about making a return, saying he'd be down to come back for more. Appearing on BBC Radio 2's "The Graham Norton Show," the host asked if McKellen is annoyed by the prospect of another Gandalf being out there.
After the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and "The Hobbit" movies, Ian McKellen may once again appear as Gandalf on "The Lord of the Rings" TV series.
He goes on to say that he hasn't been asked yet if he would like to play the role.
That said, the direction of the TV show could be different as it could focus on different characters.
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'But are you suggesting that someone else is going to play it? "Gandalf is over 7,000 years old, so I'm not too old".
Could McKellen actually return to Middle-earth, though?
The prequel series is still in the very early stages of its development with no casting information or production details known, though there is reportedly potential for spinoff shows.
Nobody else is playing Gandalf on Sir Ian McKellen's watch. McKellen replied, prompting Graham to ask if that means he's taking part in the series. Not to mention it'd go a long way to getting people on board with the series, as there's now some ambivalence at the moment, with many feeling that the property doesn't belong on the small screen.