Tolkien fans, take note: A Lord of the Rings TV series is on its way! In one of the most exciting book-related deals of 2017, Amazon announced it has acquired the global television rights to J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic fantasy in a multi-season commitment.
In announcing the news, Sharon Tal Yguado, Head of Scripted Series for Amazon Studios, 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. We are honored 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.”
The television adaptation of The Lord of the Rings will explore new storylines preceding Tolkien’s first volume in the epic adventure, The Fellowship of the Ring. The Amazon deal also includes the possibility of an additional spin-off series.
Speaking of behalf of the Tolkien Estate and Trust and HarperCollins, Matt Galsor said:
“We are delighted that Amazon, with its longstanding commitment to literature, is the home of the first-ever multi-season television series for The Lord of the Rings. Sharon and the team at Amazon Studios have exceptional ideas to bring to the screen previously unexplored stories based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s original writings.”
It’s rumored that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who is a fan of high fantasy and science fiction, was personally involved in the negotiations. Deadline reports that the deal is “said to be close to $250 million.”
The Lord of the Rings will be an Amazon Prime Original, produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment. New Line Cinema was also the distribution company behind The Lord of the Rings movies directed by Peter Jackson.
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