Captain Craig wrote:
Sounds something like the Silmarillion kinda.
Well, they can film that, too!
Plus there's an awful lot of stuff from LoTR that they could easily re-write to not use characters from that story if they couldn't, or didn't want to, use those actors.
Would a trilogy of largely unrelated movies work commercially, though? Or would Tolkien geekdom be big enough to make them a success?