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Amazon secures rights to produce multi-season 'The Lord of the Rings' TV series

By Shawn Knight ยท 5 replies
Nov 13, 2017
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  1. J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings is coming to life as a television series. On Monday, Amazon announced that it has acquired the global television rights to the franchise as a Prime original.

    It’ll be produced by Amazon Studios in collaboration with HarperCollins, Tolkien Estate and Trust and New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment.

    The multi-season series will be set in Middle Earth and explore new storylines preceding the events of The Fellowship of the Ring. Financial terms of the licensing agreement were not mentioned although according to a report from Deadline, it is valued around the $250 million mark.

    Worth noting is the fact that the deal includes a potential additional spin-off although I suspect that’ll only materialize if the original series is a hit (and there’s little reason to think it won’t be).

    Sharon Tal Yguado, Head of Scripted Series at Amazon Studios, said The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen, adding that they’re honored to be working on the collaboration for television.

    Amazon didn’t say when it expects the first season to be ready but given that a deal was just now reached, it’s safe to assume that it’s at least a few years out. Nevertheless, it’s a serious get for Amazon as it continues to compete alongside other streaming powerhouses like Netflix and Hulu as well as traditional outfits like HBO and Showtime.

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  2. Kenrick

    Kenrick TS Evangelist Posts: 526   +339

    Awesome amazon!
     
  3. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,200   +384

    This could be very good and I hope it is.
     
  4. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,045   +206

    To bad its not netflix.
     
  5. c7p89

    c7p89 TS Rookie

    Hope it's set in the first or second age I think the third age is well covered
     
  6. MannerMauler

    MannerMauler TS Addict Posts: 165   +38

    This can either go amazingly well or horrendously terrible. I hope it's the former. I also hope they keep to the PG of the original series. That's what I like about the older cults classics like LotR, Star Wars, and the newer Harry Potter films. There are only small inappropriate parts, making it so the whole family can watch without being scandalized by extream displays of..., stuff. I hate how these Amazone and Netflix originals think they can get away with adding disgusting and disturbing stuff to their films just because it's not on TV or in theaters.

    Another thing I hope they do is to keep true to Tolkien's style and keep all the politics of today out of it or force their ideas onto the people watching.
     

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