Sean Astin has been getting a lot of love as Bob on Stranger Things, and now that news is out Amazon may be looking to bring a Lord Of The Rings series to the small screen, everybody obviously wants to know his opinions on it. Astin shared his thoughts, and stated he's not surprised, but he's intrigued.
I saw that the other day, and I thought that was intriguing. I've been saying for 15 years that maybe like 12 years after Lord of the Rings came out, that it would get remade. And people always said, 'Oh no, it'll never get remade! It's a classic! They could never top it!' And I'm like, 'No, it'll get remade. It's a massive story! The characters are so beloved.'
Sounds like Sean Astin knows Hollywood better than most people do. But even though he was the iconic Samwise Gamgee in the original trilogy of Peter Jackson films for Lord of the Rings, Astin had no details for EW's satellite radio show as to what the project could be about. He's not involved, after all. (Yet.)
When asked what he would like to see, however, he did say he would be interested in a series that focuses on the Mines Of Moria. While he concedes that audiences have already seen a bit of the mines in The Hobbit trilogy, Astin thinks five hours or so of doing a deep dive into the mining culture of the dwarves would make for some great television.
Then again, a show about the dwarves of Lord of the Rings could exclude Hobbits, which then might exclude Sean Astin from reappearing. When asked if he would be down for making a return to Mordor to reprise his beloved role, Astin admits the thought hadn't even crossed his mind when he first saw the news for a potential new series:
I'm carrying the Samwise banner for the Peter Jackson version of Lord of the Rings. When I saw the Amazon thing, that didn't even occur to me. I just sort of thought, 'What would it be like to see the next Sam there?' I think it's an intriguing idea [but] the devil's in the details. How would they do it? How? Who?
Sean Astin is asking all the right questions surrounding this potential Lord of the Rings project. The problem is, there just isn't anyone to answer questions at this time, since details are being kept hush-hush. Will this adventure be a retelling of the original book trilogy, and if so, would or could Astin return to play the character he played over a decade ago? If not him, then who? Gaten Matarazzo?
Hopefully, any and all questions regarding this in-development Lord of the Rings project will be revealed in short time. In the meantime, we're still Bob crazy at CinemaBlend. Check out what the Duffer Brothers had to say about a fan theory regarding the Stranger Things fan favorite, and some lingering questions we still have about his character. For more on where and when to find great fall shows, visit our fall premiere guide.