A few days back we reported that Amazon was in talks with the Tolkien estate and Warner Bros. to acquire the rights for a TV series based on The Lord of the Rings books, and now it seems like the deal has been closed and sealed.
According to Deadline, the streaming service has closed a “massive deal” — as they reported that the deal had closed with numbers near $250 million — for a multi-season commitment series of LoTR, with the possibility of a potential spinoff series.
“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 Sharon Tal Yguado -Head of Scripted Series at Amazon Studios-. “We are honoured to be working with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line on this exciting collaboration for television and are thrilled to be taking The Lord of the Rings fans on a new epic journey in Middle Earth.”
Before panic strikes and everyone starts complaining, is important to note that although the series will, in fact, be set in Middle Earth, the television adaptation will explore new storylines that take place before The Fellowship of the Ring happened. It will serve as a “prequel” for LoTR but a sequel to The Hobbit.
What are your thoughts on this news? Are you excited about a series or do you want to be just the movies?
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