news culture House of the Dragon vs. The Lord of the Rings: George RR Martin sets fire to the powder
During the summer of 2022, two major fantasy series will face each other: House of the Dragon and The Lord of the Rings. The author of the prequel to Games of Thrones as well as the original saga does not hesitate to fan the flames of a “healthy” rivalry.
A duel at the top
Interviewed for the occasion by the British website The Independent, George RR Martin shed light on the future rivalry of the two series. If the writer has nothing personal against the work of JR Tolkien, he would like his creation to be the one at the top.
If they win six Emmys, and I hope they do, I hope we win seven. – George RR Martin
He then adds that he would like to see more science fiction and fantasy series because he loves it. That’s not the only thing George RR Martin highlighted. It also mentions the copyright issue of JRR Tokien’s work. Indeed, Amazon did not buy the rights to the main books, only those of the author. He would therefore like to know what direction this new adaptation will take.
It’s a weird deal, Amazon bought the rights to Tolkien, but not the rights to his books. They don’t have the rights of The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, nor The Silmarillion (…) but they have those of the Appendices. – George RR Martin
Update on House of the Dragon
House of the dragon is Game of Thrones prequel, one of the most iconic medieval fantasy series. The HBO series tells the story of the Targaryen family in the kingdom of Westeros which was then at the peak of its glory and power, but not for long. The spin-off will also be an opportunity to see the ancestors of the franchise’s main families. The project is directed by Miguel Sapochnik, accompanied by Clare Kilner (Snowpiercer) and Geeta V. Patel. The first episode is scheduled for August 21, 2022 in the United States and on the night of August 22 in France.