For some, J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of The Rings isn’t just a book. It’s a way of life. So when Peter Jackson gave us its legendary movie adaptations, LOTR became a religion. The epic fantasy trilogy grossed more than $3 billion globally, amassed a super massive fan following and bagged 17 Oscars. And just when people were gonna say “All good things come to an end”, they would be stumped to know this ain’t the end. Amazon is aiming for a Lord of the Rings TV series.
Hows THAT for good news!!!!
Amazon Studios is reportedly in talks with Warner Bros. Television and Tolkien’s estate to make the Lord of The Rings TV Series a reality. Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, is also rumored to be personally involved in this project. Although the project is still in its early stages reports The Hollywood Reporter, such big names and production houses being mentioned does give one goosebumps.
According to Variety, estates of Tolkien have been shopping a new series about the classic fantasy novels with help from Warner Bros. Television. Recent news claim Amazon to have also entered the race to acquire the TV rights. While both are adamant to bring LOTR to the small screen, Amazon has emerged as the frontrunner.
Warner Bros., the home of New Line Cinema- the company that had the distribution rights to the LOTR trilogy in the 2000s, was recently locked in a bitter 5 year, $80 million feud with Tolkien estate regarding profit participation over the Studio’s Tolkien movies. Could that be the reason Amazon has been singled out to bag the rights and not Warner Bros.?
Amazon has been looking to diversify and expand it’s “Video-Entertainment” division. This news comes at a time when the e-commerce giant has been facing massive resizing of it’s executive desks to redirect it from cliche, representational programs to genre based shows with wider, more global appeal.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy spawned 3 epic masterpieces – The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers & The Return of the King. Each movie was nominated for a Best Picture Award with The Return of the King finally winning it.
A franchise of such incredible caliber requires a TV show that can live up to it’s standard. Can Amazon pull off a Lord of the Rings TV Series? Is Jeff Bezos sitting on an egg that will hatch the next Game of Thrones? All we can do is hope 🙂