Last week we reported that Amazon was in talks with the Tolkien estate to create a Lord of the Rings series, and now it’s officially official! Amazon has announced that it has acquired global television rights with a multi-season commitment, meaning Amazon Prime users will definitely get some bang for their buck.
“The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, Head of Scripted Series, Amazon Studios. “We are honored 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.”
Image via Lord of the Rings Wikia
“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. “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.”
The upcoming Amazon Prime Original will explore new storylines preceding The Fellowship of the Ring, and considering we already have a (sub-par) adaptation of The Hobbit, does this mean The Silmarillion is to be expected? Regardless of what’s in store, the deal includes a clause allowing for the potential of an additional spin-off series, so color me excited. No, more than that. Ecstatic.
Featured Image Via New Line Cinema.