Amazon has reportedly purchased the rights to JRR Tolkien’s legendary series, Lord of the Rings, for a staggering $250 million, with the intention of turning the cult-saga into a five-season TV series.
There isn’t a fixed release date, but the contract entails that production on the show would have to start within two years, debuting exclusively on Prime Video. The company aims to make history as reports claim that the show will have a budget of one billion dollars – one of the biggest that television has ever seen. It is also being said that Peter Jackson, the director of the LOTR trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy, is in talks to play some role in the production of the series.
It seems that Amazon was in a bidding war with both Netflix and HBO in the fight to win the rights, but Jeff Bezos’ giant evidently emerged with the spoils. Whether or not the series will be the new Game of Thrones or Stranger Things is debatable, but it’s safe to say that with this venture Amazon is definitely trying to enter that league.
The storyline for the new show hasn’t been announced, but Amazon has mentioned that the new adaptation will revolve around plot lines prior to JRR Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring, giving them more than enough scope to explore Middle Earth.