Lord of the Rings TV series coming to Amazon Prime

Lord of the Rings TV series coming to Amazon Prime

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However, fans anxious that the TV show will attempt to retell the story need not be concerned; the series will instead "explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring", and will therefore be set before the events from the Oscar-winning trilogy.

Amazon's announcement comes two months after CEO Jeff Bezos issued a new programming mandate in a bid to launch a hit fantasy series to rival HBO's Game of Thrones.

Lord of the Rings is huge, yet people we left feeling a little bit cheated after Peter Jackson's subpar Hobbit trilogy.

The Lord of the Rings TV series was also confirmed by Matt Galsor, a representative for the Tolkien estate and trust.

This is the first time Tolkein's masterpiece will have a television series adaptation.

"The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen", Head of Scripted Series at Amazon Studios, Sharon Tal Yguado said in the press release.

Middle Earth is coming to TV. It will be produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema.

Deadline reported that Amazon shed around $250 million Dollars to win the rights to the famous Tolkien series. The distribution juggernaut paid close to $250 million just to acquire the rights to the show-that's before any production costs at all, including talent, equipment, development, and production.

Set in Middle-Earth, the adaptation will explore new storylines preceding Tolkien's The Fellowship Of The Ring, the Internet streamer said, adding that the deal included a potential additional spin-off series.