Sunday, 19 November, 2017

'Lord of the Rings' to Become a TV Series

The original ring from Lord of the Rings films Amazon will produce 'Lord of the Rings' TV series
Nicole Thomas | 14 November, 2017, 06:11

"'The Lord of the Rings" is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen", Sharon Tal Yguado, who oversees scripted series for Amazon Studios, said in the release. It has now been confirmed that the media giant has closed the deal to acquire to the global TV rights to the property.

"We are delighted that Amazon, with its long-standing commitment to literature, is the home of the first-ever multi-season television series for 'The Lord of the Rings, ' " Matt Galsor, representing the Tolkien estate and trust and HarperCollins, said in the statement.

It'll be produced by Amazon Studios in collaboration with HarperCollins, Tolkien Estate and Trust and New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros. The mega-deal is shocking and reminiscent of 2013, when Amazon founder Jeff Bezos also shook the media landscape in buying The Washington Post Though the television deal is a corporate agreement and the newspaper purchase is a personal investment, both transactions demonstrate how established brands still carry big value in the Internet age.

Amazon justifies its spending on programming as a way to draw new sign-ups to Prime, whose members buy more goods more often from the world's largest online retailer. 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. Netflix, too, has a very successful partnership with Disney's (DIS - Free Report) Marvel franchise, with shows like Daredevil and Luke Cage huge hits for the platform.

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The Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed in a number of locations in New Zealand including Tongariro National Park which was the main setting for the land of Mordor and Hobbiton in Matamata.

But all of this monetary and awards season potential carries a ton of risk, like all adaptations do.

The newest TV installment from Middle Earth is headed to Amazon.

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