Amazon is adapting The Lord of the Rings into a TV show

Matt Sayer 14 November 2017 NEWS

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Amazon Prime Video will be home to a multi-season adaptation of the renowned fantasy novels.

Fans of J.R.R. Tolkien's seminal fantasy series The Lord of the Rings were well served by Peter Jackson's Hollywood adaptations back in the early 2000s, but it's been quite some time since the world of hobbits graced the humble TV screen – the decidedly lacklustre Hobbit movies don't count. That's all set to change soon, though, with Amazon today announcing it has acquired the rights for a small-screen adaptation of The Lord of the Rings novels.

Produced by Amazon Studios in collaboration with the Tolkien estate, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema, the multi-season TV series will air exclusively on Amazon's streaming service Amazon Prime Video worldwide. Unlike Jackson's movies, the series will explore new storylines across Middle-earth prior to the events of The Fellowship of the Ring. The deal also leaves open the possibility of a spin-off series down the line, too.

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"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,” said Matt Galsor, representative for HarperCollins and the Tolkien Estate and Trust. "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."

Since the acquisition has just wrapped up, there's no word yet on a release window for the series.


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