Lord of the Rings Franchise Gets TV Spinoff

Carla Harmon
November 15, 2017

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Amazon announced on Monday that it has retained the rights to adapt J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord Of The Rings for television for its Prime streaming service.

The original hobbits: Dominic Monaghan as Merry; Elijah Wood as Frodo; Billy Boyd as Pippin; and Sean Astin as Sam in 2001's 'Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring'. Production will be handled by Amazon Studios, in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins - the publisher of the book - and New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros. that worked on Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Some fans even speculate that the adaptation would also include The Silmarillion, a posthumously published prequel to the Lord of the Rings novel series-which is what should excite "Tolkeinheads" more specifically.

The new multi-season series is Amazon's attempt to find its own mega-show like "Game of Thrones, said Sharon Tal Yguado, the head of scripted series at Amazon Studios".

Middle Earth is coming to TV.

It will feature stories based on author J.R.R. Tolkien's original writings, as well as a potential spin-off series. Aside from Amazon, the Tolkien estate also approached Netflix and HBO for the project. All production costs - including development, actors, and the editing - will be separate, and are expected to come in around $100-150 million (about Rs. 653-979.8 crores) per season. But with the resources available to Amazon you know they'll pump as much money as necessary to ensure that The Lord of The Rings will at least look like a big budget Hollywood film. Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

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