Amazon to make The Lord of the Rings TV series

Amazon to make The Lord of the Rings TV series

Amazon announced Monday that it had acquired the rights to adapt "The Lord of The Rings", J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy novel series, into a multi-season TV series. Given that the Lord of the Rings films are so well-known, it's hard to see how yet another adaptation would fulfill that directive - but Amazon is going to solve the problem by actually going beyond what the movies offered. Warner Bros. and the Tolkien estate have apparently been considering this option for some time, and Amazon has now committed to multiple seasons and a possible spinoff, as well.

The three films directed by Peter Jackson earned a combined gross of almost $6 billion worldwide.

A little over a decade later, when Jackson returned to direct The Hobbit trilogy, the combined cost before any promotion or advertising was $675 million.

JRR Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings is being adapted for television by Amazon.

Interestingly enough, it doesn't sound like this will be a strict adaptation, and will bring in elements of Tolkien's writing to explore new storylines preceding The Fellowship of the Ring, which is the first book in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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The announcement marks Amazon's first major programming announcement since the departure of former executive Roy Price.

The original hobbits: Dominic Monaghan as Merry; Elijah Wood as Frodo; Billy Boyd as Pippin; and Sean Astin as Sam in 2001's 'Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring'.

"'The Lord of the Rings'is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen".

"The upcoming Amazon Prime Original will be produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins, and New Line Cinema", said Amazon.