Fans react to Lord of the Rings TV show announcement

Fans react to Lord of the Rings TV show announcement

In an announcement on Monday in the US, Amazon said it was moving ahead with a multi-season order for a prequel series set before the events of The Fellowship of the Ring, the first of three parts of J.R.R. Tolkien's acclaimed novel.

The project comes amid turnover in Amazon's top programming ranks in the wake of a harassment scandal, and as Amazon chief Jeff Bezos urged the division to find its own version of Game of Thrones, a massive hit for HBO that's also based on a beloved fantasy book series. Given the success of the film trilogy, experts are quite skeptical about how Amazon will execute its Lord of the Rings TV series. The estate, HarperCollins and the films' distributor New Line Cinema will help Amazon produce the television series. These new TV shows will be produced in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, book publisher HarperCollins and Warner Bros.

Hollywood entertainment website Deadline reported the deal came with an eye-watering upfront rights payment of around US$200 million (S$272.5 million). The distribution juggernaut paid close to $250 million just to acquire the rights to the show-that's before any production costs at all, including talent, equipment, development, and production.

Tolkien fans take notice.


This is the first time Tolkein's masterpiece will have a television series adaptation.

"Sharon [Tal Yguado, Head of Scripted Series] and the team...have exceptional ideas to bring to the screen previously unexplored stories based on J.R.R. Tolkien's original writings".

Amazon is no stranger to big spending on film and TV.

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