Amazon is making a prequel to Lord of the Rings

Amazon is making a prequel to Lord of the Rings

Despite spanning two trilogies, the universe created by JRR Tolkien in 1954 still seems to have its fandom wanting more.

Amazon bought all the exclusive television rights for Lord of the Rings in an attempt to gain new members to its streaming and shopping club, Prime.

Yguado added that it would be an honor to work with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line on the upcoming project and Amazon Studios is excited to take fans of the epic fantasy franchise on a new journey in Middle Earth. Amazon said the series would be available via the Prime Video app or online in more than 200 countries and territories, but it did not announce a release date. It will be a multi-season production. 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. That's how much later seasons of Game of Thrones end up costing, so it's notable that Amazon is okay spending that much from the get-go.

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"The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen", Amazon scripted series chief Sharon Tal Yguado said in a statement.

The move also comes four months after the Tolkien estate and Warner Bros - the parent company of New Line Cinema - settled an US$80-million lawsuit.

"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", said Matt Galsor, a representative of the Tolkien Estate and Trust and publisher HarperCollins.

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