Amazon is set to bring Lord of the Rings to TV

Amazon Is Making a Lord of the Rings Prequel Series

The deal between the Tolkien estate and Amazon for the new The Lord of the Rings TV series did not come cheap.

Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and the rest of Middle Earth are making the switch to the small screen after Amazon announced it has committed to a multi-series adaptation inspired by JRR Tolkien's classic fantasy novels.

Amazon has acquired the USA and global rights to develop, produce, and air a television show based on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings novel.

"The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen", Sharon Tal Yguado, head of Amazon Studios' scripted series, said in a statement.

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

The Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed in a number of locations in New Zealand including Tongariro National Park which was the main setting for the land of Mordor and Hobbiton in Matamata.

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They would be producing a multi-season series exploring new storylines based on J.R.R Tolkien's novels. Tolkien crafted a detailed history of Middle-earth called The Simarillion, which covered the creation of the world, epic wars, intrigue, the downfall of entire societies, dwarf and elvish history, and much more.

Amazon will certainly survive if it gambles on Lord of the Rings and falls short of taking the crown away from Game of Thrones.

The series will be labeled an Amazon Prime Original and will be available via the company's premium streaming service through the Amazon Prime Video app for TVs, connected devices including Amazon Fire TV, mobile devices, and online.

The Internet also made the point that with literally so many other fantasy series out there waiting to be adapted, it doesn't really make sense to devote more screentime to a franchise that's already six movies long.

It was also been reported that Netflix and HBO were also approached, but that Amazon emerged as the frontrunners.

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