Published: Thu, November 16, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

Amazon confirm 'Lord Of The Rings' TV series and tease "unexplored" spin-offs

Amazon confirm 'Lord Of The Rings' TV series and tease

Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and the rest of Middle Earth are making the switch to the small screen after Amazon announced it has committed to a multi-series adaptation inspired by JRR Tolkien's classic fantasy novels. Further details - such as what writers, producers or actors would be involved, or when the show might debut - have not been announced.

The filming of the series in New Zealand could pose complications for the "Hobbit Law" which is set to be amended by the Labour government. Amazon acquired multiseason, global television rights to the project.

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Set in Middle Earth, this TV series will explore new story lines preceding Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring. The series will be produced as a collaboration between Amazon Studios, Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins, and New Line Cinema which is a division of Warner Bros. It's not hard to see why studio executives would be pursuing a show like this, considering the movies collectively made almost $3 billion (£2.28 billion) at the Box Office and were nominated for a whopping 30 Academy Awards - of which they won 17.

Given that Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy won a combined 17 Oscars and, when you throw in the three Hobbit movies, grossed almost $6 billion worldwide, you would think that the entertainment industry might be inclined to leave it way-more-than-well-enough alone.

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It was also been reported that Netflix and HBO were also approached, but that Amazon emerged as the frontrunners. Given that the Lord of the Rings films are so well-known, it's hard to see how yet another adaptation would fulfill that directive - but Amazon is going to solve the problem by actually going beyond what the movies offered.

This series will be a prequel to Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring. Like we alluded to before, this has the potential to become a Game of Thrones-level franchise for Amazon Studios. Matt Galsor, a representative for the Tolkien Estate and Trust and HarperCollins, clarifies that the series will "bring to the screen previously unexplored stories based on J.R.R. Tolkien's original writings", which leaves a lot of leeway for elaborate inspired-by inventions a la the many side stories that padded out Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy.

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