Peter Jackson may produce Amazon's Lord of the Rings series

Carla Harmon
April 7, 2018

Most of us know that Amazon has bagged the TV series adaptation rights of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.

Amazon has high hopes for its new precious. The company will also reportedly need to start production within the next two years, according to the terms of the deal.

Contextually, 2001-2003's Lord Of The Rings Trilogy cost $281 million and 2012-2014's The Hobbit Trilogy cost $655 million, a shocking figure in its own right at the time that could become dwarfed (hobbited?) by a television series that costs more than all six films combined.

Netflix's The Crown reportedly cost $13 million (£9.2 million) per episode, leading it to hold the title for most expensive series.

Jackson, who won three Oscar awards in 2004 for "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King", hasn't been linked to the series yet, but his attorney, Peter Nelson, recently began talking to Amazon about the possibility of a return to Middle-earth.

In an in-depth look at Amazon's one streaming deal to rule them all, The Hollywood Reporter came away with a basketful of new details that outline just how ambitious a project Jeff Bezos' trip to the Shire could be. That's a lot of money, but HBO only spent it after Game of Thrones had proven itself many times over.

The market of TV has changed and bigger projects are being made.

'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'.

Almost nine hours in theatrical release and over 12 in extended home releases were apparently not enough to get every last piece of enjoyment from J.R.R. Tolkien's immortal book trilogy, The Lord of the Rings. That makes it sound like a full-on prequel, but it's also possible that the show could start before the proper Lord of the Rings story and work its way up to it. A remake no one is asking for.

These are answers we are waiting for.

With Amazon looking to increase their footprint in the digital streaming market, they have realised the importance of a show as massive as the likes of Game of Thrones to help them achieve such dominance. When he's not working hard on The Reel Word, you can find him at a local Sydney cinema or catching up on his ever-growing list of must-watch TV shows.

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