Jul 14 2019, 5:54pm
I am genuinely on the fence about this, probably because I'm too biased toward Tolkien to be objective. What I'm trying to do is figure out just how historically influential the LOTR movies were in cinema. What do you think?
Was Game of Thrones only made possible by Jackson's LOTR movies?
I will grant that GoT already had a big following from the books, so maybe the series would have happened anyway. But would it have been given the big budget it had (which helped make it successful), or did it benefit from the LOTR movies proving that investing in fantasy can pay off big?
When I look at IMDB's top-grossing fantasy films and rule out animations, scifi, comic book movies (sorry, they're not epics), and other unrelated movies like Pirates of the Caribbean (it didn't create a world from scratch), I think Harry Potter movies are the only ones in a league with LOTR and The Hobbit.
[And yes, I know, GoT was on TV and LOTR and Hobbit were movies.]
PS. For more context, "every studio wants the next Game of Thrones now," and I wonder how much of that can be traced back to LOTR.
(This post was edited by CuriousG on Jul 14 2019, 6:00pm)