Amazon is set to bring Lord of the Rings to TV


Earlier this month it was reported that Amazon Studios was in discussions to produce a TV show based on the fantasy classic The Lord of the Rings.

"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". The deal also includes the opportunity to pursue spinoff series.

Amazon has acquired the USA and global rights to develop, produce, and air a television show based on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings novel. The show will be produced in cooperation with estate of writer J.R.R. Tolkien, publisher HarperCollins, and New Line Cinema, which is a division of Warner Bros and produced Peter Jackson's blockbuster movie adaptations.

After the box office success - and critical failure - of The Hobbit trilogy, Amazon on Monday announced yet another Lord of the Rings prequel. Some can only assume that the show, or one of the spin-offs, could follow the popular game series Shadow of Mordor, or a young Aragorn as mentioned in the end The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies.

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There's no cast or premiere date yet, but the series will eventually stream on Amazon Prime.

The rumour of a Lord of the Rings television show caused a hell of a lot of fanfare. Amazon has a plethora of material to choose from.

It is also a proven pop culture commodity. Tolkien crafted a detailed history of Middle-earth called The Simarillion, which covered the creation of the world, epic wars, intrigue, the downfall of entire societies, dwarf and elvish history, and much more. News of the Tolkien adaptation came on the same day that Ad Age published an unconfirmed report that Amazon may soon be launching a free, ad-supported version of Prime video.

A "freemium" platform isn't the same as pay services like HBO Now or CBS All Access-but both of those services were launched and pushed with the enticing promise of Game of Thrones and new Star Trek episodes.