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'Lord Of The Rings' Series Being Eyed By Warner Bros

04 Novembre 2017

On the flip side, the Variety story mentions the Tolkien Estate being involved.

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That Amazon Studios has emerged as a potential home for the LOTR TV series comes as little surprise given the genre-focused programming bush Bezos has mandated.

The Tolkien estate and publisher HarperCollins filed the massive lawsuit in November 2012 against Warner Bros., its subsidiary New Line and Middle-earth Enterprises - a division of Rings' Hobbit rightsholder the Saul Zaentz Co. - claiming copyright infringement and breach of contract over video games, online slot machines and other digital merchandising.

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Variety broke the news first that Amazon is negotiating with Warner Bros. and the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien to develop a Lord of the Rings TV series. Warner Bros. previously produced the critically lauded Lord of the Rings saga, which was helmed by Peter Jackson, in addition to The Hobbit follow-up trilogy.

There are no details of just how Amazon would possibly approach a Lord of the Rings series, but it's worth noting that while Jackson's films did an excellent job of making Tolkien's work cinematic, the films also excised a lot of material - even in their longer director's cut forms. However, the rights to produce movies from The Lord of the Rings books is now held by the Saul Zaentz Company, dba Middle-earth Enterprises. Since then, Price has resigned due to allegations of sexual harassment.

Amazon is now the front-runner in a deal that would bring a series based on the classic novels from the studio and the Tolkien estate. A report recently revealed that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is now the richest man in the world, so there's probably a good chance Amazon is going to have enough cash to eventually win this bid.

'Lord Of The Rings' Series Being Eyed By Warner Bros