Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Amazon announces Lord of the Rings prequel TV series

Amazon announces Lord of the Rings prequel TV series

Amazon head of scripted series Sharon Tal Yguado said the conglomerate was honoured to be working with the Tolkien Estate on the collaboration.

The streaming service announced Monday it is bringing J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy epic to television, with a multiple season commitment.

Amazon - owned by Jeff Bezos, reportedly a huge Tolkien fan - was considered the frontrunner when the series was first revealed, and reportedly locked down the rights for an estimated $200 million; that figure doesn't factor in an expected production budget of $150 million per season.

Or, in what would be more of a revelation for Tolkien fans - and provided that Amazon had also purchased the television rights to the author's The Silmarillion - the series might have the entire history of Middle-earth from its creation to play with.

Amazon canceled two female-centered period dramas: The '60s-set "Good Girls Revolt" was not renewed for a second season in December, and the Zelda Fitzgerald series "Z: The Beginning of Everything" was axed this fall when the studio reversed itself after a surprise renewal. The deal reportedly includes a potential for spinoff shows.


The new adaptation will be produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema.

Earlier this year, Warner Bros and the legal body which manages the writer's work settled an $80m (£61m) lawsuit over profit participation in regards to the movie franchise.

Peter Jackson's early 2000s adaptions of "The Lord of The Rings" brought in almost $3 billion at theaters and won 17 Academy Awards, according to outcome of Sound.

All three films got an Oscar nomination for best picture with the last film, The Return of the King, winning the gong. He followed the first trilogy up with a trio of films based off of "The Hobbit".

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