A new 'Lord of the Rings' TV series is coming from Amazon

A new 'Lord of the Rings' TV series is coming from Amazon

The series will be a prequel to the J.R.R. Tolkien book "The Fellowship of the Ring", and is based on new story lines.

A little over a decade later, when Jackson returned to direct The Hobbit trilogy, the combined cost before any promotion or advertising was $675 million.

The Lord of the Rings TV announcement comes as HBO prepares to conclude its monumental fantasy series Game of Thrones before developing multiple spin-off series.

Rather, the series, for which Amazon has acquired a "multi-season" commitment from the Tolkien estate and HarperCollins, "will explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring"-and presumably not the same storylines preceding The Fellowship of the Ring that have already been explored in The Hobbit".

Amazon - owned by Jeff Bezos, reportedly a huge Tolkien fan - was considered the frontrunner when the series was first revealed, and reportedly locked down the rights for an estimated $200 million; that figure doesn't factor in an expected production budget of $150 million per season.

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What's more, The Lord of the Rings has sold copious amounts of hard copies through Amazon, the world's leading bookstore, so you can readily expect some corporate synergy once the studio's original series begins to fall into place. That is, until you remember they're all based on one book. The upcoming Amazon Prime Original Series will be produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins, and New Line Cinema, the division of Warner Bros. Even though there have been two trilogies, which each film lasting at least two hours, people seem to still be hungry for the universe that author J.

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

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.

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