'Lord of the Rings' Series Coming to Amazon

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The location of the multi-season series has not been announced, with Weta workshop declining to comment on the matter.

The former head of Amazon's studio, Roy Price, who resigned amid sexual harassment allegations last month, said in September that the company was seeking a big hit along the lines of "Game of Thrones", according to Fortune. Some can only assume that the show, or one of the spin-offs, could follow the popular game series Shadow of Mordor, or a young Aragorn as mentioned in the end The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies. Like how Fox's Gotham can tell the story of young Bruce Wayne but not Batman, how FX's Legion and Fox's The Gifted have to avoid using the term "X-Men" even though they're X-Men projects, or how Syfy's upcoming series based on The Purge films will be set in between actual Purges. It is unknown at this stage if it will also take place before Tolkien's novel The Hobbit, the evnts of which also occur earlier than The Lord of the Rings. The show will be produced in cooperation with estate of writer J.R.R. Tolkien, publisher HarperCollins, and New Line Cinema, which is a division of Warner Bros and produced Peter Jackson's blockbuster movie adaptations. The Amazon The Lord of the Rings TV series will air on Amazon's paid streaming service Amazon Prime. If you're familiar with the extended universe, you'll know this likely means an adaptation of "The Silmarillion", where Tolkien documented pretty much everything you've never thought you wanted to know about Middle Earth.

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But there's a catch, creatively speaking: The series will explore storylines set before the events in the first LOTR novel, The Fellowship of the Ring. Amazon has a plethora of material to choose from.

It was also been reported that Netflix and HBO were also approached, but that Amazon emerged as the frontrunners. To date, most of Amazon's original series have had an art-house or indie ethos to them. The three films directed by Peter Jackson earned a combined gross of almost $6 billion U.S. worldwide.

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