Amazon to launch 'Lord of the Rings' TV show

Amazon to launch 'Lord of the Rings' TV show

Amazon says it will bring "The Lord of the Rings" to the small screen. Perhaps some things missed in Peter Jackson's movies will find their way into this - maybe we'll even see Tom Bombadil, who occupied only one chapter in a book, but captured many people's imaginations. The online retailers/Hollywood Studio has announced that it has succeeded in acquiring the global television rights to the iconic Lord of the Rings franchise and that they will be making a multiple season TV shows.

The new series will start with the story of what happened in the lead-up to The Fellowship Of The Ring, the first part of Tolkien's trilogy made into a film starring Elijah Wood and Sir Ian McKellen in 2001. These new TV shows will be produced in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, book publisher HarperCollins and Warner Bros.

"[We] are thrilled to be taking The Lord of the Rings fans on a new epic journey in Middle Earth", she added. The deal includes a potential spin-off series alongside the multi-season production commitment.

A world-renowned literary work, and victor of the International Fantasy Award and Prometheus Hall of Fame Award, The Lord of the Rings novels was named Amazon customers' favorite book of the millennium in 1999 and Britain's best-loved novel of all time in BBC's The Big Read in 2003.

The Tolkien Estate had also approached Netflix and HBO, according to Hollywood entertainment website Deadline, which reported the deal came with an eye-watering upfront rights payment of around $200 million.

With an A-list cast that included Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler and Orlando Bloom, Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings" movie trilogy earned nearly $3 billion worldwide, scooping 17 Oscars in total.

The upcoming series will be available for Prime members globally.

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