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Well, we called it. A mere 90 minutes after we spoke on the radio about the potential Amazon produced Lord of the Rings TV series, Amazon Studios has officially announced that they will be making the series.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amazon will produce a “multi-season” Lord of the Rings series and will be produced in-house at Amazon Studios with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, publisher HarperCollins and Warner Bros.’ New Line Cinema branch.
The series will, of course, be based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.
Set in Middle-Earth, the series will tell audiences “new storylines” and will serve as a prequel to the Fellowship of the Ring.
Added to this news, the deal reportedly includes a potential for spinoff shows as well.
Sharon Tal Yguado, Amazon’s new head of scripted, said;
“The Lord of the Rings is a cultual phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen.
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.”
Matt Galsor, a representative for the Tolkien Estate and Trust and HarperCollins, said;
“We are delighted that Amazon, with its longstanding commitment to literature, is the home of the first-ever multi-season television series for The Lord of the Rings.
Sharon [Tal Yguado] and the team at Amazon Studios have exceptional ideas to bring to the screen previously unexplored stories based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s original writings.”
As we previously mentioned, The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, which ran from 2001 to 2003, drew in $2.96 billion at the worldwide box office for director Peter Jackson, and the subsequent Hobbit prequel/spin-off trilogy of films pulled the franchise to a worldwide box office of $5 billion.