In November 2017, Amazon announced that they had secured the rights to adapt J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic fantasy series The Lord of the Rings for television in a $250 million deal, beating out competitor Netflix. Since then, precious few details have emerged – only that the deal involves a five-season commitment, and seems poised to become the most expensive television show of all time.
Recently, though, Amazon Studios executive Jennifer Salke said in an interview that they expect a 2021 release. This means that the studio is on track to fulfill the clause of the deal that requires the series to go into production within two years,
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No writers or cast have yet been finalized, but it seems that that may change soon. Salke said:
We’ve been talking to writers. We have an estate that’s very active. I’ve spent three hours with Simon Tolkien. There’s a lot of moving parts with it. We’ll have some game plan to move forward with very soon.
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Fans of Tolkien’s classic trilogy (and companion works), and of Peter Jackson’s wildly popular film adaptations, are assured that while the Amazon series will not be a remake of the movies, it will feature familiar and well-loved characters.
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