'Lord of the Rings' TV Series Heading to Amazon

'Lord of the Rings' TV Series Heading to Amazon

The show, which already carries a multi-season commitment, will "explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring". In other words, this could be a by-the-book Silmarillion-esque nerdfest, or a show sure to enrage the Tolkien die-hards as much as Jackson's invented love story between Evangeline Lilly's elf warrior Tauriel and Aidan Turner's dwarf Kíli.

Amazon managed to get its hands on the fantasy holy grail today, buying the rights to adapt J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" into a multi-season series for for Amazon's Prime streaming service.

The deal, which also includes a potential additional spin-off series, comes with a hefty pice tag.

To put it in more concrete terms: Amazon announced today that it is making a Lord of the Rings TV series. Some can only assume that the show, or one of the spin-offs, could follow the popular game series Shadow of Mordor, or a young Aragorn as mentioned in the end The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies.

After the box office success - and critical failure - of The Hobbit trilogy, Amazon on Monday announced yet another Lord of the Rings prequel.

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It was recently reported that Warner Bros Television and Amazon Studios were in talks to produce a TV version of J.R.R. Tolkien's novels.

Middle Earth is coming to TV. Amazon has a plethora of material to choose from. Their official involvement in this show seems like a big deal, not only because it means the show will have their stamp of approval, but also because it could signal a shift in tone for this adaptation.

Sharon Tal Yguado, Amazon's new head of scripted programming, has now confirmed the news.

The Lord of the Rings canon was named Amazon customers' favourite book of the millennium in 1999.

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.

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