‘Lord Of The Rings’ Television Show Might Cost Half A Billion Dollars

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Amazon’s “Lord of the Rings” television adaption might hit the half a billion dollar mark for the first two seasons.

Reuters reported the following:

In November, Amazon announced it will make a prequel to the fantasy hit “The Lord of the Rings.” The company had offered $250 million for the rights alone; production and marketing could raise costs to $500 million or more for two seasons, one of the people said.

At half a billion dollars, the prequel would cost triple what Amazon paid for “The Man in the High Castle” seasons one and two, the documents show. That means it would need to draw three times the number of Prime members as “The Man in the High Castle” for an equal payoff.

I really don’t understand how a television should could ever cost that much money. A “Game of Thrones” episode for the final season reportedly is in the ballpark of $15 million. That’s not even near spitting distance of half a billion dollars.

This show better be incredible, or Amazon will have wasted a stockpile of money that they can’t get back. A half a billion dollars? Are you kidding me? It truly doesn’t make any sense to me. I guess we’re just living in a new era, and in this era studios dump money like it’s no big deal.

This sounds like a gamble for the ages for Amazon. Can’t wait to either watch this succeed or burn and crash. Should be fun!

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