Coming to a device near you, as long as you subscribe to the Amazon streaming service, will be a whole near adventure to Middle Earth as Amazon studio announces they have obtained the global television rights for J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.
Adapting Tolkien’s fantasy tale for a multi-seasonal series, Amazon’s venture will explore new storylines that take place prior to ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ in a deal that includes a potential additional spin-off series.
The original series is set to be produced by Amazon Studios with the cooperation of the Tolkien Estate, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema. A representative for the estate and HarperCollins stated: “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.”
We last had an encounter with Tolkien’s Middle Earth on the big screen in 2003, when Peter Jackson rounded off his trilogy with The Return of the King – The film series was considered to be one of the largest and most ambitious film projects undertaken with a budget well over $200 million going towards its creation. The entire project took eight years to complete with all three films being filmed back to back in New Zealand. The saga comprised of a cast of Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Andy Serkis, Karl Urban and a whole host more.
At this early stage no cast, director or writers have been revealed to take part in its TV adaptation.