Amazon is finally attaching some creative talent to its still-mysterious Lord of the Rings series, but it's not who you might expect. The internet giant's Jennifer Salke has revealed that writing duo JD Payne and Patrick McKay will develop the Tolkien-based Prime Video show. While their full roles aren't clear just yet, their backgrounds are. They're best known for their sci-fi work, helping to write Star Trek Beyond (though not credited) and the in-progress fourth 'reboot' movie. They're not legendary in Hollywood writing circles, including in the fantasy genre -- that's not necessarily a problem, but they're untested in this realm.