March 17, 2018

Amazon announces Lord of the Rings prequel TV series

13 November 2017, 10:23 | Winston Chapman

TheĀ Lord of the RingsĀ TV series is officially a go over at Amazon and the corporate giant is clearly going all-in on making this happen

Lord of the Rings

The story of the series will take place before the events in The Fellowship of the Ring, the first novel in the book series written by J.R.R. Tolkien.

The online commerce pioneer said Monday it acquired global TV rights to "The Lord of the Rings" and is working with Warner Bros., publisher HarperCollins and the J.R.R. Tolkien estate on a multi-season series.

When Peter Jackson directed the first Lord Of The Rings trilogy, released between 2001 and 2003, the combined cost of the three movies was $281 million.

With an A-list cast that included Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler and Orlando Bloom, Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings" movie trilogy earned nearly $3 billion worldwide, scooping 17 Oscars in total.

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Amazon could choose to follow Bilbo Baggins' adventures after The Hobbit, it could chart the return of Sauron to Mordor, or Aragorn's time in exile as a ranger and the blossoming of his romance with Arwen.

That is before the company have spent a single penny on any development, talent, production, or any advertising. These moves prove that the streaming service has an interest in turning popular comic, sci-fi, and fantasy stories into (potentially) the next big thing on television.

It is reported that the upfront rights payment for JRR Tolkien's source epic alone are "said to be in the $200 - $250 million range, though some sources say the fee could be slightly below $200 million". The movies were forced to cut a lot of backstory and early setpieces, especially in The Fellowship of the Ring, which also gives the show some leeway in which characters it decides to focus on and where it wants to go.

There's going to be a lot of hand-wringing and gnashing of teeth in the coming months and years as Amazon starts prepping, casting, and shooting their Lord of the Rings TV show. And that's all that matters in the end to Bezos & Co.

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