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Amazon Is Dropping A 'Lord of the Rings' Series Into Your Streaming Selections

By Jodi Smith | Industry | November 13, 2017 |

By Jodi Smith | Industry | November 13, 2017 |

I don’t know if you’ve heard about it, but there is a series of books known collectively as Lord of the Rings. The books were written by a J.R.R. Tolkien and I’ve heard that some people love them.

Also, there was a trilogy of three hour long movies released from 2001 through 2003. They were little indie productions.

At any rate, streaming giant Amazon has announced that they will be bringing a Lord of the Rings series to their streaming service. They’ve also committed to producing the series over multiple seasons, so you can recreate your time in the theater in the comfort of your own home.

Amazon Studios head Sharon Tal Yguado assured fans that they will be working with Tolkien’s estate to create storylines that involve the timeline prior to The Fellowship of the Ring. It will take place in Middle Earth and will “…bring to the screen previously unexplored stories based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s original writings.”

This deal also gives Amazon the global TV rights to the film trilogy and the potential for a spin-off series in the future. The deal is said to be worth $250 million and will fill the Game of Thrones-shaped hole in the internet conglomerate’s programming. Netflix and HBO had a chance to work with Tolkien’s estate and Warner Bros., but Amazon obviously won that precious.

By the way, the $250 million is just for the rights. The costs of production are a whole other set of dollar signs. I hope this doesn’t raise my Amazon Prime fee again.

Now we wait on the announcement of characters and the ensuing internet explosion of casting wishlists, rumors, and annoyance.

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Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.