Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Amazon Is Creating A 'Lord Of The Rings' Prequel Series

Amazon Is Creating A 'Lord Of The Rings' Prequel Series

The show will be shown on the streaming service and produced by Amazon Studios in association with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema, part of Warner Bros.

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

Amazon Studios has officially announced plans for a multi-season Lord of the Rings TV series.

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.

According to Deadline, Amazon apparently paid close to $250 million, but that does not include any production costs, which will likely be enormous if you consider what HBO has to shell out for its hit fantasy series, Game of Thrones. There is also potential for spinoffs. Although the company's own press release says the series will "adapt" J.R.R. Tolkien's novels, that turns out not to be quite the case.

Interestingly enough, Warner Bros. was famously sued by the Tolkien estate after the family and publisher HarperCollins went after the studio due to the use characters from the movies in online slot machines and other games.

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 three films directed by Peter Jackson earned a combined gross of almost $6 billion worldwide. The film trilogy also garnered a combined 17 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Jackson has since made another, less profitable, trilogy based on The Hobbit, and there are no reports of him being attached to this project as yet.

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