Amazon buys rights to Lord of the Rings prequel

Fans of JRR Tolkein’s The Lord of The Rings will be able to return to world of Middle Earth in a new TV adaptation of the series.

 

Amazon has bought the rights for $200 million to make a multi-series of the books and will showcase it on its Prime video platform.

 

The series will be a ‘prequel’ to the first book in the trilogy, The Fellowship of the Rings, with tales leading up to the book’s timeline. Amazon also has the rights to a spin-off series, of which has not been announced.

 

Sharon Tal Ygyando, head of scripted series for Amazon, said:

“The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen.

“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.”

 

However, not all fans are excited to be to see the series return. After the final movie of The Hobbit Trilogy (the prequel film series of the Lord of the Rings) was put to rest, many were ready to say their last goodbyes to the series.

 

 

The Fellowship of the Ring was first released in 2001, with the star cast of Elijah Wood, Sir Ian McKellan and Orlando Bloom. Although the cast for the new series has not been announced, some aren’t so eager to see new faces take on beloved roles.

 

The release date for the series has not yet been announced.

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