Jeff Bezos’ son warned him not to ‘eff up’ new ‘Lord of the Rings’


Jeff Bezos’ son had a simple guideline for his father when he discovered Amazon was making its own “Lord of the Rings” show: “Don’t eff this up.”

The founder of the e-commerce giant and the second richest man in the world shared his son’s warning during the UK premiere of the new Amazon Prime Video series “Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power”.

The 58-year-old billionaire reflected on his lifelong fandom of author JRR Tolkien’s work for the A-list audience, Variety reports, and says he has passed on his love of Middle Earth to his own children.

After Amazon got involved in this project, my son came up to me one day, looked me in the eye very sincerely and said, “Daddy, please don’t make this up.”

When one of his sons learned that Amazon had plans to make a “Lord of the Rings” series — reportedly paying a staggering $250 million for the rights alone — he asked Bezos to make sure it was right. .

“After Amazon got involved in this project, my son came up to me one day, he looked me in the eye very sincerely, and he said, ‘Dad, please don’t take this off,’” Bezos said. “And he was right. We know this world is important to so many people, we know it’s a privilege to work in this world and we know it’s a big responsibility.”

Bezos joked that showrunners Patrick McKay and John D. Payne partly got the job done by ignoring the comments and feedback he provided during the production of the show’s first season.

“Every showrunner’s dream — and I mean every showrunner — is their dream to get notes on scripts and early cuts from the founder and executive chairman,” Bezos said. “They loved that. I have to thank you both for listening when it helped, but most of all I want to thank you for ignoring me at just the right times.”

Bezos famously laid out the ingredients for “a great show” at a meeting that author Brad Stone wrote about in his book “Amazon Unbound.”

Among the 12 key elements identified by the then-CEO are “a heroic protagonist experiencing growth and change,” “wish fulfillment,” cliffhangers, and “civilized high stakes.”

Set thousands of years before the events of the “Lord of the Rings” books and movies, “The Rings of Power” chronicles the “re-emergence of evil in Middle-earth.”

The first season reportedly cost $715 million to produce.

The series will premiere on Prime Video on September 2, and the next six episodes will air weekly. The showrunners said in June that the story will take place over the course of five seasons.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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