Lord of the Rings TV series to be a prequel

Angelo Anderson
November 14, 2017

Deadline reports that the streaming service paid a whopping $250 million for the global rights to the novel, and plans to make a sprawling series that spans multiple seasons and even a spin-off. Now, it looks like Amazon has nabbed the show and has asked for it be made as a multi-season show.

"We are honoured to be working with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line on this exciting collaboration for television and are thrilled to be taking The Lord of the Rings fans on a new epic journey in Middle Earth".

The movie trilogy from the early 2000s, filmed in New Zealand by director Peter Jackson, garnered almost $3 billion (€2.5 billion) at the box office and bagged a total of 17 Academy Awards. In an effort to emulate the success of the fantasy series Game of Thrones, the giant bookseller will be teaming up with New Line Cinema, the Warner Bros. division that brought the original films to the big screen, to create a show that could last several years and include spinoffs of its own.

For everybody who has felt deprived over the years because the last instalment of The Lord of the Rings franchise came out nearly five years ago, Amazon has some really brilliant news.

The project underscores a shift in Amazon's video programming.

"Amazon Prime heads to Middle Earth", Chief Executive Jeff Bezos said in a Twitter post. Its studio started in 2010 with a focus on unique shows beloved by critics, such as "Transparent", about a father coming out as transgender to his family.

"Amazon is committed to producing super high quality, recognized, branded entertainment", said Wedbush Securities industry analyst Michael Pachter.

The upcoming series will be available for Prime members globally.

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