After directing, producing, and co-writing six different films set in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth, filmmaker Peter Jackson is looking forward to watching the upcoming The Lord of the Rings adaptation on Amazon simply as a fan.
While promoting Mortal Engines, which he produced and co-wrote, Jackson was asked about his rumored involvement with the upcoming adaptation. However, after countless hours spent adapting The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit in six separate installments, it appears Jackson isn't directly involved with the series at all.
"I would hope to just be able to go into a Tolkien story and enjoy it like an audience member, which I’ve never been able to do. It’s one of the things I’ve missed out on, as people have enjoyed the movies we’ve made but I haven’t enjoyed them because I’ve made them," explained Jackson in an interview with Fandom.com. "Even though we made the films that we wanted to see, you can’t see them properly, you can’t clear your head. So the thing that I am hoping is, if the series gets made, that I can just sit back and watch some Tolkien that I haven’t been part of… if I don’t get involved with it. So that’s what I’m looking forward to."
While Jackson's last comment certainly leaves open the possibility of him becoming involved with the series, it appears he's looking forward to watching the adaptation when it premieres in 2021. Earlier this year, there were conflicting reports regarding Jackson's involvement with the series though representatives denied the New Zealand-based filmmaker was involved in capacity.
The five-season adaptation of The Lord of the Rings is developed by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. It is expected to premiere on Amazon sometime in 2021.