Fantasy fans can look forward to: Season 1 of the Amazon series based on the “Lord of the Rings” books is due out in September 2022. US shipping and streaming service Amazon also announced that filming was completed in New Zealand on Monday.
Individual episodes of the previously untitled series will appear on the platform weekly. Amazon also published the first images of the series.
The series should span over several seasons. A plot must be set before “The Companions”, the first part of JRR Tolkien’s fantasy trilogy. Actors include Cynthia Addai Robinson, best known for her role in “Spartacus”, and Robert Aramayo, who played young Eddard Stark in “Game of Thrones.”
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 great deal of effort.
Amazon reportedly paid British writer Tolkien’s property managers about $250 million for the film rights. 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, it’s the most popular novel of all time, according to a 2003 BBC poll. Tolkien lived from 1892 to 1973.
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