Middle Earth is heading to the small screen.
Amazon has announced it has acquired the global TV rights to J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved literary work, The Lord of the Rings. A multi-season commitment has been locked in, to be produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment.
The television series will be set in Middle Earth and will be a prequel of sorts, exploring storylines preceding Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring. Assuming it’s a hit, a potential spin-off series is part of the overall deal as well.
This could be awesome. Hopefully. Please.
“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, Head of Scripted Series, Amazon Studios, said in a statement. “We are honoured to be working with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line on this exciting collaboration for television and are thrilled to be taking The Lord of the Rings fans on a new epic journey in Middle Earth.”
Added Matt Galsor, a representative for the Tolkien Estate and Trust and HarperCollins: “We are delighted that Amazon, with its longstanding commitment to literature, is the home of the first-ever multi-season television series for The Lord of the Rings. Sharon and the team at Amazon Studios have exceptional ideas to bring to the screen previously unexplored stories based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s original writings.”
Peter Jackson brought Middle Earth to life in grand fashion in his LotR and Hobbit trilogies. The six films, combined, made almost $US6 billion (!) worldwide.
We’ll keep you informed as this ambitious series is developed.