Amazon confirmed today that they will be producing an all new series based on the world of Lord of the Rings, in conjunction with Warner Brothers and The Tolkien Trust.
The new series will be available exclusively on Amazon and will tell new tales from Middle Earth. The new stories will preceed the Lord of the Rings films.
“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, Head of Scripted Series for Amazon Studios, 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.”
“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.”
The show has gotten the multi-season order, with an option for a spin-off if the show is successful. The new show could potentially be the most expensive ever, with the rights reportedly costing between $200-250 million dollars. That’s before any of the
The show could also take fans of the series to new destinations, and even favorite areas. It could also be the perfect pushing point for a theme park land or attraction, especially if the series is as successful as it’s hoped to be. Rumors have been circulating about a land based on Lord of the Rings for the better part of five years, with Universal in the front running for theme park attractions. The long standing rumors would have the lands of The Shire, and possibly Mordor represented.
We can’t wait to return to Middle Earth once more, to an age of dwarves, elves and hobbits. There’s no premiere date on the new show, but there’s a good chance we could see it as early as 2019, with eyes more likely fixed on 2020.