'Lord Of The Rings' TV Series In The Works For Amazon Prime

'Lord Of The Rings' TV Series In The Works For Amazon Prime

The online retailers/Hollywood Studio has announced that it has succeeded in acquiring the global television rights to the iconic Lord of the Rings franchise and that they will be making a multiple season TV shows.

The Lord of the Rings' rich imagery is a fertile ground where script writers can find the inspiration to deliver enticing new epics based on the Middle Earth universe.

Author J.R.R. Tolkien created Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and The Silmarillion.

Last week we heard rumours that Amazon Studios was working on a Lord of the Rings TV show, yet today we've learnt that it's officially happening.

As it turns out, things were farther along than we thought. "Sharon and the team at Amazon Studios have exceptional ideas to bring to the screen previously unexplored stories based on JRR Tolkien's original writings".

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Set in Middle Earth, the television adaptation will explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring.

The deal involves a multi-season commitment and also a potential spin-off.

The Lord of the Rings canon was named Amazon customers' favourite book of the millennium in 1999. Peter Jackson's trilogy reportedly earned nearly $3bn worldwide, for instance.

The Lord of the Rings trilogy has 17 Oscars in total, 11 of which come from the third and final film, The Return of the King, which is tied with Titanic and Ben-Hur for most Academy Awards ever for a single film. Astonishingly, that price does not include whatever it will cost to develop and eventually produce however many episodes/seasons are in our future.

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.

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