Peter Jackson has expressed a desire to completely forget The Lord of the Rings in the past.
The director revealed this week that he “seriously pondered” employing hypnosis to try and forget all of his work on his Oscar-winning films. He did so for a good reason: He wanted to watch them like an ordinary fan and have a single unspoiled viewing session.
Jackson says, “I always felt like I was the unfortunate one who never got to witness [the Lord of the Rings films] as a coming-out-of-the-blue film when we made the Lord of the Rings movies.
“By the time they were screening, I had been involved for five or six years. Being unable to see them like the others was such a loss for me. In fact, I did really consider requesting hypnosis from a hypnotherapist in order to forget about the movies and the work I had done for the previous six or seven years so I could sit and enjoy them.
Despite talking to [British mentalist] Derren Brown about it, he believed he could pull it off, so I didn’t follow through with it.
Despite Brown’s apparent confidence, it seems improbable that such an attempt would have succeeded, given the years Jackson spent meticulously working to perfect every aspect of his trilogy. This idea is very similar to the plot of Apple TV+’s workplace sci-fi drama Severance.
Although Jackson noted that Amazon Studios had asked him to be involved with the new show and had promised to send him scripts — but never did — he will be able to enjoy Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power without any hypnotherapy, and he is looking forward to watching it for that very reason.
Jackson’s trilogy earned about $3 billion in worldwide box office revenue and ten Academy Awards. With the critically praised Beatles documentary Get Back, which received five Emmy nominations, he is once more a contender for an award this year.
The Second Age’s creation of the first Rings of Power, which enabled the Dark Lord Sauron to inflict evil on Middle-earth, is the subject of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. The events of Jackson’s trilogy take place thousands of years before this one. Sept. 2 marks the program’s Prime Video debut.
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