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If you’ve already read all the “Lord of the Rings” books by J.R.R. Tolkien and seen all the movies, and you still can’t get enough of the franchise, we have some epic news for you. Amazon Studios has officially acquired the rights to adapt “Lord of the Rings” into a multi-season TV series, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“‘The Lord of the Rings’ is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, Amazon’s head of scripted, 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.”
The Amazon series will serve as somewhat of a prequel, as it will focus on storylines that came before those explored in the original novels and subsequently adapted into movies.
This announcement has led some to speculate that the series will be an adaptation of “The Silmarillion,” a novel meant to be a prequel to “The Lord of the Rings” that was published after Tolkien’s death.
“We are delighted that Amazon, with its long-standing commitment to literature, is the home of the first-ever multiseason 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.”
The series will allegedly cost $250 million to produce and is likely part of Amazon’s overall strategy to grow their reach and base of Amazon Prime subscribers via “big shows that can make the biggest difference around the world,” according to Amazon Studios Chief Roy Price in Variety.
Are you excited that “Lord of The Rings” will be coming to the small screen?