Earlier this month, news broke that Amazon was trying to close a deal to bring J.R.R. Tokien's The Lord of the Rings to life as a television series, and now it looks like it's actually going to happen. Amazon also shared that the deal includes potential for an "additional spin-off series", which means the Lord of the Rings universe could rapidly expand.
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. That is, until you remember they're all based on one book. Tolkien fans, still licking their wounds after the Hobbit trilogy, are likely to be very wary of another potentially less-than-faithful prequel.
While The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit are Tolkien's most famous stories, he has many other works detailing the history of Middle Earth. The show will be available for Amazon Prime members.
It was recently reported that Warner Bros Television and Amazon Studios were in talks to produce a TV version of J.R.R. Tolkien's novels.
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Getting "The Lord of the Rings" series at Amazon could help gain new clout and build up Amazon's ability to grow its Prime memberships through its video service. Its theatrical adaptations, from New Line Cinema and Director Peter Jackson, earned a combined gross of almost $6 billion worldwide. If Amazon is looking for an opportunity to add the sex, violence, and soap opera drama to Tolkien's world that have made shows like Game of Thrones so successful, this kind of approach would certainly offer the opportunity.
According to Deadline, Amazon paid about $250 million upfront to the Tolkien estate for the rights to the series, which doesn't cover the cost of actually creating the adaptation.