'Lord of the Rings' to Become a TV Series

Lord of the Rings

JRR Tolkien's fantasy epic The Lord of the Rings is to be made into a new Amazon TV series with a possible spin-off show also in the mix.

USA retail giant Amazon, which also runs other businesses in areas such as web hosting and entertainment, has acquired the television rights to The Lord of the Rings.

Middle Earth is coming to Amazon Video. Amazon Studios is bringing the classic The Lord of the Rings fantasy novel series to the small screen with a streaming series based on the books by J.R.R. Tolkien.

As per Hollywood entertainment website Deadline, The Tolkien Estate also approached Netflix and HBO.

Bezos reportedly told Price to shift the programming focus toward "high-end drama series with global appeal" in the vein of "Game of Thrones", Variety reported in September.

What the e-commerce giant might be hinting at here is that they will focus on exploring the unexploited, raw stories that were not featured in the 9 hours of the original trilogy.

After weeks of reports and rumours about Amazon and Warner Bros. negotiating over the possibility of a Lord of the Rings television series, Amazon has finally announced that Frodo and the gang are definitely coming back.

So this investment would be in addition to the $100 to $150 million the studio would be expected to spend on each season of television.

Experts estimate the deal for the TV rights for The Lord of the Rings could have been worth $250 million. Add the production budget in it that will be nearly $100 to $150 million per season, Amazon is investing quite a huge amount of money on Lord of the Rings.

Amazon, which has some critically acclaimed shows under its belt, invests a not-too-shabby $4 billion a year in original content.

The series won't be a straight adaptation of the books.

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