Amazon announced Monday that it will begin production of a “Lord of the Rings” TV series, to compete with popular shows like “Game of Thrones.”
Amazon’s series will depict events preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel “The Fellowship of the Ring,” according to the company’s Monday press release. The announcement comes two months after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos called for the company to produce its own mega-popular series like Game of Thrones. The rights deal signed between Amazon and Tolkien Estate and Trust also allows for a potential spin-off series.
“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, a representative for the Tolkien Estate and Trust and HarperCollins. “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.”
Some fans have speculated that the show may follow the events of Tolkien’s ‘Silmarillion,’ which depicts what is essentially the creation myth of Middle Earth.
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) November 13, 2017
Amazon has made no concrete announcement regarding the show’s premise, however, and “stories preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s Fellowship of the Ring” cover most of the universe’s timeline.
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