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A new Lord of the Rings TV series is coming from Amazon

A new Lord of the Rings TV series is coming from Amazon”

The Lord of the Rings TV series is officially a go over at Amazon, and the corporate giant is clearly going all-in on making this happen. "Everybody wants a big hit and certainly that's the show of the moment in terms of being a model for a hit".

The deal also includes an option for a spinoff, which fans have speculated could potentially utilize storylines from The Silmarillion, a collection of tales which explore the years before The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings took place.

Warner Bros.is working with Amazon to develop a Lord of the Rings TV series.

"The Lord of the Rings", the celebrated fantasy book series by J.R.R. Tolkien that became a worldwide film phenomenon is now headed to the small screen, as Amazon announced Monday that it has acquired the rights for a multi-season adaptation on Prime Video. "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".

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That Amazon Studios has emerged as a home for the LOTR TV series comes as little surprise given the genre-focused programming push Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has mandated. Peter Jackson's trilogy of films are towering, inescapable icons of the genre, and it's hard to imagine the story of Frodo and the Fellowship getting a better page-to-screen translation. Following sexual harassment allegations, Amazon Studios head Roy Price resigned from the company last month.

Given that Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy won a combined 17 Oscars and, when you throw in the three Hobbit movies, grossed almost $6 billion worldwide, you would think that the entertainment industry might be inclined to leave it way-more-than-well-enough alone.

The move by Amazon comes as HBO prepares to conclude its mammoth fantasy hit Game of Thrones, which will nearly certainly premiere its final six episodes in 2019.



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