Amazon lands Lord of the Rings TV remake

Mae Love
November 14, 2017

Amazon said it will produce a multi-season series that explores new storylines preceding author J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Fellowship of the Ring", the first installment in the famed fantasy trilogy. This "huge" (as a certain President Trump might say) deal also incorporates spin-off TV shows. We also know they won't involve The Silmarillion.

TV's awakening, and in some sense surpassing, of movies as audiences' go-to medium just entered a new phase with the inking of deals to bring a hugely popular fantasy series, The Lord of the Rings, and a best-selling videogame, Hitman, to television platforms. That was followed up by two epic features, The Two Towers and Return of the King, not to mention director Peter Jackson's subsequent three-film series adapting Tolkien's other masterpiece The Hobbit. Although Amazon did not reveal how much it was paying for the rights, it is believed to be the company's biggest and most expensive move yet to draw viewers to its streaming and shopping club Amazon Prime.

However, fans anxious that the TV show will attempt to retell the story need not be concerned; the series will instead "explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring", and will therefore be set before the events from the Oscar-winning trilogy.

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Three movies made of the trilogy in the early 2000s, filmed in New Zealand by director Peter Jackson, garnered almost $3 billion at the box office and 17 Academy Awards.

For everybody who has felt deprived over the years because the last instalment of The Lord of the Rings franchise came out nearly five years ago, Amazon has some really brilliant news.

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