Jeff Bezos’ son warns him to not ‘improve’ the brand new ‘Lord of the Rings’

Jeff Bezos’ son had simple directions for his dad when he learned that Amazon created its own “Lord of the Rings” show: “Don’t do this.”

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

The 58-year-old billionaire reflects on his lifelong fandom of author JRR Tolkien’s work in front of an A-list audience, various reportssaid that he passed his love of Middle Earth on to his own children.

After Amazon got involved in this project, one day my son came up to me, he looked me in the eye, very sincerely, and he said: ‘Dad, please don’t do this.’

When one of his sons learns that Amazon has plans to make a “Lord of the Rings” series — reportedly pays A tantalizing $250 million just for the rights — he asked Bezos to make sure it was good.

“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 do this,'” Bezos said. “And he was right. We know that the world is important to many people, we know it is a privilege to work in this world and we know it is a big responsibility.”

Bezos joked that showrunners Patrick McKay and John D. Payne fulfilled the task in part by ignoring the notes and feedback he provided during production of the show’s first season.

“Every showrunner’s dream — and I mean every showrunner — their dream is to get notes on scripts and early cuts from the founder and chief executive,” Bezos said. “They love it. I need to thank you two for listening whenever it helps, but mostly I need to thank you for ignoring me at the right time.”

Bezos famously laid out the material for a “great show” in a meeting written by author Brad Stone in his book “Amazon Unbound”.

Among the 12 key elements identified by the CEO at the time were “a heroic protagonist who experiences growth and change”, “hopeful fulfillment”, cliffhangers, and “high stakes civilization”.

“The Rings of Power” is set thousands of years before the events of the book and film “Lord of the Rings”, and chronicles history “the reappearance of evil to Middle-earth.”

First season repocost $715 million to produce.

The series will premiere its first two episodes on Prime Video on September 2, with the next six episodes airing weekly. Master of Ceremony said in June that the story will last for five seasons.

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