Amazon is making a mulit-season ‘Lord of the Rings’ TV show

Amazon, Netflix, and HBO were bidding for the rights to make a Lord of the Rings TV series and Amazon has come out on top. Amazon confirmed that they acquired the TV rights for the popular book series and are already committing to a multi-season series for Prime Video.

The new Lord of the Rings TV show will “explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring.” That’s likely a smart move because it frees the show’s creators to explore new storylines without needing to live up to the award-winning movies too much. The deal also includes “a potential additional spin-off series.”

Deadline estimates that Amazon paid $200–$250 million for the show’s rights and expects Amazon to spend $100-$150 million a season to create the new series. I don’t keep close tabs on these things, but I expect this to easily be Amazon’s most expensive show yet. Earlier this year, Amazon was said to be shifting its original series production to focus on prestige-worthy shows with global appeal. They’re certainly done that with this new series.

  1. DV says:

    Sounds great. Hopefully it won’t be trashy. (and it’s multi)

  2. Gareth Price says:

    Starring Jeremy Clarkson as FatGandalf, Richard Hammond as The Squeaky Voice Hobbit and James May as The Leader Of The Nerds

    Well, they’ve got to find something for them to do since they cancelled the third season of Top Gear to pay for it ;)

    Personally I wish someone would take on Stephen Donaldsons ‘The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant’ books

  3. HeyNow says:

    Please don’t be animated.

  4. hawkstead says:

    Typo, Elias, but I wish it was a hobbit mullet season sitcom… One haircut to rule them all.

  5. Gabor says:

    The title is ‘mulit’ not ‘multi’ :)
    Let’s see how the show will be.

  6. atone says:

    It should fill a void that will be left after Game of Thrones finishes it’s final season run. Good to see The Fantasy genre getting new content like this to keep a good thing going a litte longer. After LOTR is over, then maybe GOT needs to start back up again:)

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