Today it was confirmed that Amazon has secured the rights to air a Lord of the Rings TV series on its Prime streaming platform. The deal encompasses multiple seasons of the show, as well as potential spinoff shows. The setting of the series will be before the events of The Fellowship of the Ring, but that’s about all the information on what it will entail at this point. The original series will be created by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema.
“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, Amazon Studios. “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.”
“We are delighted that Amazon, with its longstanding commitment to literature, is the home of the first-ever multi-season television series for The Lord of the Rings,” said Matt Galsor, a representative for the Tolkien Estate and Trust and HarperCollins. “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.”
Personally, I’m a fan of this announcement, because I’m a huge Tolkien fan and am always eager to consume more of it in any medium. With that being said, this series has a high bar to live up to thanks to Peter Jackson’s LOTR trilogy, which is easily one of the best all around cinematic trilogies of all-time. If the creators don’t nail the look and feel Jackson created, I fear the show just want feel right. He may have stumbled a bit with the Hobbit movies, but the LOTR trilogy can’t be denied its greatness, so one can only hope that this TV series follows suit.
Stay tuned for more details as they become available.
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