On Monday, in a very surprising move, Amazon has officially announced that it has acquired the TV rights for the famous The Lord of the Rings fantasy book series by J. R. R. Tolkien. Reportedly, the deal includes commitment for production of a multi-season series. Also, for the production of a potential spin-off series. It seems that Amazon’s upcoming series is going to follow some Middle-Earth stories that are going to be a prequel to The Fellowship of the Ring movie.
Amazon Studios will produce the new series and will be collaborating with Harper Collins, the Tolkien trust and estate, and New Line Cinema. The representative for the Tolkien trust and Harper Collins, Matt Galsor, has declared himself “delighted” in regards with this multi-season Lord of the Rings TV series.
A Lord of the Rings TV series for Amazon
It’s interesting that this is Amazon’s biggest acquisition since the departure of the former Amazon Studios president Roy Price, last month. At the time, he had been suspended and was in the middle of a sexual harassment scandal. Albert Cheng is now the interim president for Amazon Studios.
Since 2014, Amazon has been going in the right direction, especially under Price. Two of its series, Transparent and Mozart in the Jungle, have managed to win Golden Globe Awards. However, the situation became bleak, especially in the past year.
According to a September report, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos had told Price to focus more on drama series with global appeal, in the style of Game of Thrones. In the same statement, Matt Glasor also said that he knows that the Amazon Studios team has exceptional ideas for a Lord of the Rings TV series. By the looks of it, the series is going to explore some unknown stories and will stretch beyond Frodo Baggins’ famous adventures.