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You want more? Lord of the Rings to be made into a TV series

Amazon is to make a Lord of the Rings TV series. The huge American company has acquired global television rights to the Lord of the Rings franchise, based on the best-selling novels by J.R.R. Tolkien. Amazon has made a multiple-season commitment for its Amazon Prime streaming service.

The Amazon LOTR series will be produced by Amazon Studios alongside the Tolkien Estate and Trust, publisher HarperCollins and Warner Bros. Entertainment’s New Line Cinema.

The Hollywood Reporter explains:

The news comes four months after Warner Bros. and the Tolkien estate settled an $80 million lawsuit after a five-year battle. That happened after Warners offshoot New Line Cinema and the Tolkien estate waged a courtroom battle over profit participation from the film franchise that consisted of The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002) and The Return of the King (2003), as well as 2013 prequel The Hobbit. The property is a multibillion-dollar worldwide franchise.

The Reporter says that Amazon’s LOTR series will be set in Middle-earth and will explore new storylines preceding Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring. The deal includes a potential additional spinoff series.

Another report says Amazon paid almost $US200million for the rights, with no creatives yet attached.

No mention of whether any part of the project will be produced in New Zealand, where Peter Jackson made the original three record-breaking features which grossed nearly $US6bn worldwide, winning 17 Academy Awards including Best Picture..

Deadline Hollywood reports that Amazon has not yet tried to enlist the help of Peter Jackson.

It says that Amazon chief Jeff Bezos’ love of the LOTR movies and desire for Amazon to have a Game of Thrones-sized epic series made his company most receptive when the Tolkien estate put the rights for sale.