The Lord of the Rings TV Show is in the Works at Amazon

Posted 2017/11/15 1958 0

Amazon on Monday announced it is bringing J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy epic to television, with a multiple season commitment.

 

Amazon Studios has acquired the rights to JRR Tolkien’s fantasy epic and has committed to a multi-season series with potential spin-offs, the company announced Monday. The LOTR original series, a prequel to Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring, will be produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust; HarperCollins; and New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment, which produced the hugely successful LOTR movie franchise.

“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 scripted series at Amazon Studios, said in a statement. “We are honored to be working with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line on this exciting collaboration for television and are thrilled to be taking The Lord of the Rings fans on a new epic journey in Middle Earth.”

Set in Middle Earth, the television adaptation will explore new storylines preceding Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring. It was reported that there are some creative restrictions imposed by the rights holders on what can be done and what can’t be done in a LOTR TV series.

“We are delighted that Amazon, with its longstanding commitment to literature, is the home of the first-ever multi-season television series for The Lord of the Rings,” said Matt Galsor, a representative for the Tolkien Estate and Trust and HarperCollins. “Sharon and the team at Amazon Studios have exceptional ideas to bring to the screen previously unexplored stories based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s original writings.”

Taken with the news that Amazon is planning a free version of its video streaming service for consumers, it paints a picture of a company that is getting more and more aggressive about creating original content to pull viewers in. Given the big movies competitors like Netflix and Disney are making, Amazon’s timing couldn’t be better.

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