New York – Episodes of Amazon’s new, hitherto unknown series based on the “Lord of the Rings” books are scheduled to appear weekly after September 2022. US shipping and streaming service Amazon also announced that filming was completed in New Zealand on Monday. Amazon also published the first images of the series.
The series is said to precede “The Companions”, the first part of the fantasy trilogy, and span several seasons. Actors include Cynthia Addai Robinson, best known for her role in “Spartacus”, and Robert Aramayo, who played young Eddard Stark in “Game of Thrones.”
Season 1 costs at least $300 million
One exciting question now will be whether Amazon can build on the massive success of the theatrical three-part version of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings. Financially, the streaming service put in a lot of effort.
Amazon reportedly paid British writer Tolkien’s property managers about $250 million for the rights to the film. The production budget should again be between $100 and $150 million per season.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy was voted the best book of the millennium by Amazon customers in 1999. In fact, according to a 2003 BBC poll, it’s the most popular novel of all time. The trilogy’s author, J.R.R. Tolkien, lived from 1892 to 1973.
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