Television and the estate of author J.R.R. Tolkien for the rights to adapt The Lord of the Rings into a TV series. The news was met with a mixed reception from fans of JRR Tolkien's books and the original film trilogy, with one writing: "As a huge #Tolkien fan.not sure if I should be excited or horrified at new Lord of the Rings series announcement", while another added: "I'm not watching the "Lord of the Rings" show if you're bringing in new actors to play the characters".
The move is made more intense by the fact that no creative choices on the show have been made yet, save that it will be a prequel series taking place before the first LOTR film, The Fellowship of the Ring.
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Amazon is planning a "Lord of the Rings" TV series, but although J.R.R. Tolkien fans are probably rejoicing, it could be a risk for the corporate goliath. Slated to debut exclusively on Prime Video, the series will be produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the estate, HarperCollins publishers and New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Brothers Entertainment, Amazon said in a news release. Here's hoping the team at Amazon is up to the task! The original trilogy starred Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Sean Bean, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom-no word yet if any of the original cast will be asked to be in the Amazon series.
"The Lord of the Rings" was named Amazon customers' favorite book of the millennium in 1999 and Britain's best-loved novel of all time in the BBC's The Big Read survey in 2003. That was followed up by two epic features, The Two Towers and Return of the King, not to mention director Peter Jackson's subsequent three-film series adapting Tolkien's other masterpiece The Hobbit. Apart from the obvious significant details, Deadline reports that the Tolkien estate also approached Netflix and HBO, and that Amazon ended up paying close to $250 million to land the project.
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