The show will be set in Middle Earth and explore new story lines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Fellowship of the Ring". Peter Jackson turned the books into a trilogy, but Amazon doesn't necessarily have to abide by that structure. After all, George R.R. Martin came along years later and managed to make that historical approach work like gangbusters in Game of Thrones, a show that Amazon is nearly certainly looking at as a blueprint for their own potential success here - even down to the idea of possible spin-offs being a part of the deal.
The location of the multi-season series has not been announced, with Weta workshop declining to comment on the matter. The upcoming Amazon Prime Original Series will be produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins, and New Line Cinema, the division of Warner Bros. Copycat shows-if you can even call a Tolkien property a copycat of the genre it helped popularize-sometimes enjoy a measure of success, sure, but they're rarely ever the next big thing.
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Sharon Tal Yguado, Amazon's new head of scripted programming said: 'The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen'. Even though there have been two trilogies, which each film lasting at least two hours, people seem to still be hungry for the universe that author J.
The newest TV installment from Middle Earth is headed to Amazon.
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So could a Lord Of The Rings revival become our next fantasy fix after Game Of Thrones' final season? Amazon has a plethora of material to choose from.
What the series does have, however, is an eye-popping price tag, with Deadline reporting that the rights for the franchise alone cost in the $200 to $250 million range - and that's before any production costs or cast salaries are factored in.
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A "freemium" platform isn't the same as pay services like HBO Now or CBS All Access-but both of those services were launched and pushed with the enticing promise of Game of Thrones and new Star Trek episodes.