Lord of the Rings TV series gets multi-season order at Amazon

16 November, 2017, 02:27 | Author: Laverne Higgins
  • Amazon is seen at their local office in Lauwin-Planque northern France

However, instead of rehashing that famous tale, the TV show will reportedly delve into new storylines that happen before The Fellowship of the Ring.

So maybe this Lord of the Rings reboot could be just the start of Amazon's bid to outdo the likes of Netflix - as well as keep worlds like Middle Earth still alive. It worked for CBS All Access.

It's possible the new series will mine the ponderous but rich Silmarillion for material, as fan fiction writers and lore aficionados have done for decades.

It's interesting that they're choosing The Fellowship of the Ring as a marking point.

Amazon shook both Hollywood and Middle Earth on Monday, announcing it had acquired the global television rights to The Lord of the Rings.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the move comes as Amazon attempts to find a worthy rival to HBO's hit show Game Of Thrones.

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What the series does have, however, is an eye-popping price tag, with Deadline reporting that the rights for the franchise alone cost in the $200 to $250 million range - and that's before any production costs or cast salaries are factored in. It is a payment that has to be made sight unseen as there is no concept, and there are no creative auspices attached to the possible series. In other words: The war to destroy the One Ring as chronicled in Peter Jackson's Oscar-winning trilogy of films will not be told in the TV version.

Amazon has officially greenlit one show that it hopes to rule them all.

So while Game of Thrones started relatively small and slowly increased its budget to account for huge battles and CG dragons, it seems as if Amazon is jumping straight into the deep end of the money pool.

"The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen", said a representative for Amazon Studios in a statement.

I have read that Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is determined to make Amazon Prime a player in the digital TV series sector.

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