Amazon announces Lord Of The Rings multi-season TV series

Amazon is Bringing 'Lord of the Rings' to the Small Screen

13, the streaming service announced that it had acquired the global rights to a multi-season Lord of the Rings television series in a deal that is reportedly close to $250 million.

"[We] are thrilled to be taking The Lord of the Rings fans on a new epic journey in Middle Earth", she added.

The new multi-season series is Amazon's attempt to find its own mega-show like "Game of Thrones, said Sharon Tal Yguado, the head of scripted series at Amazon Studios". Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

The Amazon series will delve into some of Tolkien's work that the movies did not explore.

It will feature stories based on author J.R.R. Tolkien's original writings, as well as a potential spin-off series. The original trilogy starred Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Sean Bean, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom-no word yet if any of the original cast will be asked to be in the Amazon series.

A world-renowned literary work, and victor of the International Fantasy Award and Prometheus Hall of Fame Award, The Lord of the Rings novels was named Amazon customers' favorite book of the millennium in 1999 and Britain's best-loved novel of all time in BBC's The Big Read in 2003. Collectively, the three Lord Of The Rings films directed by Peter Jackson grossed more than US$2.9 billion internationally.

This is an unbelievably massive project for Amazon.

Prior to the acquisition of rights by Amazon, the Lord of the Rings novels were first adapted into a film series released from 2001 to 2003. These new TV shows will be produced in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, book publisher HarperCollins and Warner Bros.

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