'Lord of the Rings' TV Show Gets Mutli-Season Order At Amazon

Joann Johnston
November 13, 2017

Set in Middle Earth, the television adaptation will explore new storylines preceding "The Fellowship of the Ring".

Earlier this month, news broke that Amazon was trying to close a deal to bring J.R.R. Tokien's The Lord of the Rings to life as a television series, and now it looks like it's actually going to happen. Amazon is partnering with New Line Cinema, which of course was the film company behind the much-loved trilogy that began in 2001, and the Tolkien Estate, as well as HarperCollins for some reason.

"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.

The studio has already committed to a multi-season run of the new series, produced by Amazon Studios, the Tolkien Estate and Trust, book publisher HarperCollins and New Line Cinema. Peter Jackson's trilogy of films are towering, inescapable icons of the genre, and it's hard to imagine the story of Frodo and the Fellowship getting a better page-to-screen translation. The cast included Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Sean Astin and Orlando Bloom.

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Given that Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy won a combined 17 Oscars and, when you throw in the three Hobbit movies, grossed almost $6 billion worldwide, you would think that the entertainment industry might be inclined to leave it way-more-than-well-enough alone.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos demanded Game of Thrones, and his studio delivered. The streamer is looking for a "Game of Thrones"-esque genre programming with broad worldwide appeal".

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