'Lord of the Rings' show to start filming in New Zealand

Carla Harmon
September 18, 2019

Amazon revealed that pre-production has begun on the series, with filming expected to commence in Auckland "in the coming months", according to a press release. "And we're happy that we are now able to officially confirm New Zealand as our home for our series based on stories from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings", said showrunners and executive producers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay in a statement.

Amazon has not announced a released date for the Lord of the Rings series. "The New Zealand Film Commission, along with the broader industry and New Zealand partners, welcome the opportunities Amazon Studios will bring to New Zealand".

"This is a sought-after production and fantastic news for New Zealand's screen sector and our economy".

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said "this production will support Auckland's world-class screen businesses to grow, create jobs and provide an enormous boost to our regional and national economy".

Sharing their hypothesis, one consumer requested: 'You're filming in New Zealand???' as one other guessed: 'They started shooting'.

The new television series by Amazon, which will explore storylines preceding The Fellowship of the Ring - the first of the three epic novels on which the Lord of the Rings films were based - is predicted to be among the most expensive ever produced and support thousands of jobs in New Zealand. The series is now in pre-production and cameras will start rolling in Auckland in the coming months.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she excited to put the country on the map as a venue for large-scale productions.

Amazon Prime Video remained mum even as every Lord of the Rings fan predicted this - but now it's official.

The streaming company is set to produce the majority of the series in New Zealand and it is set to cost more than $1.5billion. "We already have a billion-dollar screen industry and being the main production base for Amazon's new TV series will take it to a new level", Goff said.

Confirmation of the project comes after Amazon Studios boss Jennifer Salke explained in an interview with Deadline in June that the project could be headed Down Under. R. R. Tolkien tales for the big screen, could be involved with the LOTR series.

Writer, producer and director Peter Jackson poses at the premiere of "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" in Hollywood, California December 9, 2014.

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