IT Brief NZ - Amazon to produce Lord of the Rings television series

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Amazon to produce Lord of the Rings television series

The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien’s world-renowned literary work, won the International Fantasy Award and Prometheus Hall of Fame Award.

Theatrical adaptions of the renowned novels earned a combined gross of nearly $6 billion worldwide.

With an all-star cast, including Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Sean Astin and Orlando Bloom, the film trilogy received a combined 17 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

The books were named the favourite book of Amazon customers in the millennium in 1999.

No doubt, the fantasy novels and their film adaptions are celebrated around the world, and now a new television series will be added to the line-up.

Amazon has won the global television rights to J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings which will see the novels adapted for multi season television show for Prime Video.

The upcoming Amazon Prime Original will be produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment.

The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen,” comments Sharon Tal Yguado, head of Scripted Series, Amazon Studios.

“We are honoured 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.”

Set in Middle Earth, the television adaptation will explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring.

The deal includes a potential additional spin-off series.

Matt Galsor, a representative for the Tolkien Estate and Trust and HarperCollins, adds “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.”

The upcoming Amazon Prime Original will be available for Prime Video members to stream through the Amazon Prime Video app for TVs, connected devices including Amazon Fire TV, and mobile devices, or online.

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