Bryan Cogman is trading one iconic fantasy world for another.
Cogman, who most recently worked as a writer and co-executive producer on “Game of Thrones,” has signed on to consult on the upcoming “Lord of the Rings” series at Amazon, Variety has learned from sources. He will work alongside the writing team of JD Payne and Patrick McKay, who were announced to be developing the series for Amazon back in July.
Amazon declined to comment.Via ComingSoon.
Gee, why am I not surprised that Amazon didn’t say anything?
Full disclosure: I’m a Lord of the Rings nerd who skipped Game of Thrones more or less completely. So it is not just as a snob* that I say this: Tolkien’s work has a different aesthetic than Martin’s — a much better one — and so any attempt to port over the latter to the former will fail, miserably. Aside from everything else: everybody in Tolkien’s world knows damned well the difference between Good and Evil, and acts accordingly. I’m unconvinced that anybody steeped in Westeros’s backstory will be able to write that properly.
PS: I was being nice.
*Specifically: a rampaging, unrepentant snob.