Lord of the Rings TV series on the cards

Lord of the Rings TV series on the cards”

Warner Bros. - which has apparently worked out at least some of the issues between it and Tolkien's estate - is offering a big deal to an outlet, and Amazon is on talks.

Now, there's another foray into Middle Earth in the works with Warner Bros.

The streamer is in "very early talks" with Warner Bros.

Bezos is an avid sic-fi and fantasy fan himself - he even had a cameo in a Star Trek movie - but it's highly unusual for him to become personally involved in negotiations of this sort.

While still in early stages, the studio is said to be shopping a TV series based on the novels by Tolkien around, to which Amazon have emerged as the frontrunner.

The news comes amid a series of changes over at Amazon, kick started by the resignation of studio head Roy Price, who stepped down last month after being accused of sexual harassment. Executives Joe Riggs and Conrad Price departed soon afterwards, and Morgan Wendell (The Man in the High Castle) jumped ship for Apple, which is looking to bolster its own original series efforts.

A "Lord of the Rings" TV series may be produced by Amazon, and could rival current top fantasy series "Game of Thrones".

According to Deadline, streaming and TV giants Amazon, Netflix and HBO were all approached for the project with a whopping upfront rights payment said to be in the $200- to $250-million range.

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