Amazon will produce 'Lord of the Rings' TV series

Lord of the Rings TV show

Amazon said on Monday they had purchased the global television rights to The Lord of the Rings franchise for an undisclosed amount.

The newest TV installment from Middle Earth is headed to Amazon.

Amazon, on a quest for a mainstream television hit for its television and film studio, has locked up an impressive candidate in a forthcoming television series based on "The Lord of The Rings" universe. As more details emerge, we will be sure to write about it here as this could be the biggest thing to happen to Amazon Studios since its forming a few years ago.

The new screen effort will transport fans to the fictional setting of Middle Earth as it explores new storylines preceding The Fellowship Of The Ring, the first part of Tolkien's fantasy trilogy. Amazon also shared that the deal includes potential for an "additional spin-off series", which means the Lord of the Rings universe could rapidly expand.

"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 a representative for Amazon Studios in a statement.

Warner Bros and the Tolkien estate have been shopping a series based on the classic fantasy novels and their assortment of hobbits, wizards, and warriors, sparking a competitive situation from which Amazon emerged as the victor.

The announcement came after Jeff Bezos and creative heads at Amazon Studies reportedly changed their strategy regarding original programming on their streaming service. Of course it will all be available exclusively to Prime members. It makes sense that Amazon would want to create something that could rival the Game of Thrones hype train.

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