The estate, HarperCollins and the films' distributor New Line Cinema will help Amazon produce the television series. Amazon has landed the granddaddy of them all, though, announcing this week they have begun pre-production on a new series based on J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved Lord of the Rings trilogy.
With its fantastical setting and characters, The Lord Of The Rings bears a superficial resemblance to HBO's Game Of Thrones, now one of the biggest shows in the world.
The original hobbits: Dominic Monaghan as Merry; Elijah Wood as Frodo; Billy Boyd as Pippin; and Sean Astin as Sam in 2001's 'Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring'.
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Deadline reported that Amazon shed around $250 million United States dollars to win the rights to the famous Tolkien series. "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". "Sharon and the team at Amazon Studios have exceptional ideas to bring to the screen previously unexplored stories based on JRR Tolkien's original writings".
The hefty price tag is just for the rights of the television series and does not include the additional production costs, which is expected to be around $100 million - $150 million a season for a fantasy series of LOTR magnitude. But with the resources available to Amazon you know they'll pump as much money as necessary to ensure that The Lord of The Rings will at least look like a big budget Hollywood film.