'Lord of the Rings' TV Series in the Works at Amazon!

Pablo Tucker
November 14, 2017

Amazon says it has a multi-season commitment for the adaptation, which will explore new storylines that precede Tolkien's 1954 novel The Fellowship of the Ring and could include spinoff series. Amazon should be mindful of LOTR's vehemently devoted fanbase, and the fact that Middle Earth has already been extensively explored on screen in these first three films and the Hobbit trilogy.

The cast included Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Sean Astin and Orlando Bloom. This came together quickly after news was first reported earlier this month that Amazon was in discussions to bring the Tolkien novels to the small screen.

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


The news comes just over a week after speculation Amazon Studios was looking at a potential TV series based on the books and feature film franchise, produced by New Line.

The announcement follows a shift in strategy for Amazon Studios that was reportedly orchestrated by CEO Jeff Bezos, in pursuit of a big show like HBO's "Game of Thrones".

A little over a decade later, when Jackson returned to direct The Hobbit trilogy, the combined cost before any promotion or advertising was $675 million.


Now that the rights are secure, the real heavy lifting can take place.

A cast for the TV series has not yet been announced. Amazon has been pretty good about its Originals, but this will be an undertaking far beyond the scope of anything its studios and partners have yet attempted.

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.


No further details on the new series have been released.

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