Well, it’s now official, get ready to head back to Middle Earth once again.
After some reports surfaced last week, Amazon Studios has made it official they have secured the television rights for a Lord of the Rings series and they have already given it a multi-season commitment, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This series will be produced by the studio alongside the Tolkien Estate and Trust, publisher HarperCollins and Warner Bros. Entertainment’s New Line Cinema.
If fans are expecting to see the events of the Lord of the Rings book & movie trilogy rehashed for television, that seems to not be what Amazon has planned. According to the reports, the series will be set in Middle Earth but it will explore other new storylines that come before the beginning of Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring and reportedly includes the potential for additional 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, Amazon’s new head of scripted. “We are honored 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.”
Recently there were reports that amidst a swath of cancellations of series, Amazon was said to be seeking their own Game of Thrones style ratings-grabbing series and that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was pushing for more genre style offerings. This would appear to be the series they hope will fill that niche for the streaming platform.
This move just adds to the battle that is being waged between content producers as the TV landscape is richer than ever with content and various studios such as Disney and Warner Bros. are leaping into the fray to create their own streaming platforms in the coming years.
The return to Middle Earth comes well over a decade since Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Lord of the Rings debuted in 2001 through 2003 and just a few years after his own return to the series with the less successful Hobbit trilogy in 2013 through 2015.
There is no word on when the series potentially will begin production or possibly begin airing on Amazon Prime.