Well, that didn’t take long.
Last week it was reported that Amazon was in talks to home a new Lord Of The Rings television series and now it’s official. According to Variety, the Lord Of The Rings TV series is moving forward at Amazon with the streaming service offering the show multi-season production commitment.
Variety also reports that the Lord Of The Rings series will be a prequel to the popular movies, with the first season taking place before the events of Fellowship Of The Ring. Let it also be noted that the deal with Amazon also includes a potential spin-off series, which would further explore Middle Earth.
“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 for Amazon Studios. “We are honoured 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.”
At this point in time, the possible characters and storyline for the Lord Of The Rings series are still unknown. I would safely assume that the show will explore untold stories and introduce new characters, instead of acting as a direct prequel to the movies.
Directed by Peter Jackson, the Lord Of The Rings trilogy is one of the most beloved and critically acclaimed franchises in Hollywood history. It’s no surprise that Warner Bros. and Amazon want to further explore Tolkien’s world and create new and interesting stories for fans.