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It has been over ten years since the final release of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings movies. It is the gold standard to which all other adaptations are compared, but that doesn’t mean someone can’t make something else instead.
Yesterday, Amazon announced that it has obtained the rights to produce a The Lord of the Rings TV series. However, fans need not worry that the show will simply be another adaptation. According to Matt Galsor, a representative for HarperCollins and the Tolkien Estate, the Amazon deal is based on “[bringing] to the screen previously unexplored stories based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s original writings.”
Specifically, this means the new show will be a prequel, as detailed in the press release. Just how far before has yet to be clarified. Obvious candidates include the events of The Silmarillion or the times of Isildur and the War of the Last Alliance.
The new TV show, whatever it is, will be the first multi-season production for The Lord of the Rings. The deal also includes a spin-off series, something Amazon is likely to pursue if the upcoming series is successful.
For now, the deal itself is unprecedented, save perhaps Peter Jackson’s own, and it shows much promise for Tolkien fans.
“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, in a prepared statement. “[We] are thrilled to be taking The Lord of the Rings fans on a new epic journey in Middle Earth.”
The upcoming Amazon Prime Original series will be available as part of an Amazon Prime subscription. More details on the series itself will likely be released soon.
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