The famed creatures from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings will be featured in a TV series, as Amazon announced a multi-season production commitment Monday.
No word yet on a launch date or cast but Amazon says the deal includes a potential additional spin-off series.
"I do think "Game of Thrones" is to TV as "Jaws" and "Star Wars" was to the movies of the 1970s". The company is partnering with New Line Cinema, the film company behind the much-loved trilogy that was first released in 2001.
Lord of the Rings is huge, yet people we left feeling a little bit cheated after Peter Jackson's subpar Hobbit trilogy.
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The rights bought from the Tolkien Estate and Trust.
According to Deadline, Amazon has reportedly paid close to $250 million (about Rs. 1,633 crores) for the global rights to the Lord of the Rings.
"The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen", Sharon Tal Yguado, Amazon Studios new head said in a statement.
This is the first time Tolkein's masterpiece will have a television series adaptation.
Yguado added that it would be an honor to work with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line on the upcoming project and Amazon Studios is excited to take fans of the epic fantasy franchise on a new journey in Middle Earth. All production costs - including development, actors, and the editing - will be separate, and are expected to come in around $100-150 million (about Rs. 653-979.8 crores) per season.