Even as Game of Thrones begins to film its eighth and final seasons, other television networks are desperate to find their own epic fantasy series. It'll inspire a lot of people.
The estate, HarperCollins and the films' distributor New Line Cinema will help Amazon produce the television series. That's not to say that Amazon is going to take that sort of comparison lying down and in an attempt to up their stock they have announced the production of a brand new The Lord of The Rings series for their streaming service.
The Amazon Prime Video adaptation will focus on new stories in a prequel to The Fellowship of the Ring, the first of three fantasy novels in Tolkien's beloved Rings series. Television and the estate of author J.R.R. Tolkien for the rights to adapt The Lord of the Rings into a TV series.
"Sharon [Tal Yguado, Head of Scripted Series] and the team...have exceptional ideas to bring to the screen previously unexplored stories based on J.R.R. Tolkien's original writings".
But it will cost Amazon dearly: Deadline reported that just the rights to the globally popular franchise cost US$200 million (S$272.2 million). These new TV shows will be produced in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, book publisher HarperCollins and Warner Bros. On top of the shopped price cited by Deadline, the fantasy series of that magnitude is estimated by financial experts to cost between $100 and $150 million United States dollars to produce. But with the resources available to Amazon you know they'll pump as much money as necessary to ensure that The Lord of The Rings will at least look like a big budget Hollywood film.