As if three films, great ones at that, and the countless extended director’s cuts weren’t enough, Amazon Prime Video are reportedly looking to bring a Lord Of The Rings TV series to screens.
Lord Of The Rings TV Series In Early Development At Amazon?
Apparently this is all in the very early stages at the moment, but the the streaming giant are in discussions with Warner Bros. Television and the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien for the TV-based series. Variety reports that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is said by sources with knowledge of the situation to be personally involved in the negotiations, so this is is serious stuff.
Peter Jackson co-wrote and directed the Lord of the Rings saga and took his final film, Return Of The King all the way to the Academy Awards, where it won 11 Oscars, including Best Picture. This was only back in 2003, so the fact that a new version may be on the way seems to be a little premature, considering that Jackson’s movies are still so highly regarded.
Of course, he also went on to direct The Hobbit trilogy, the last movie of which was only released back in 2014.
The trade says that the studio and the Tolkien estate have been shopping a series based on the classic fantasy novels, and Amazon are said to be the front-runners to bag the deal. Nobody has officially commented, but it is interesting that Bezos has personally got involved.
I’d be down with a TV version personally as I think that there’s enough scope for the material to translate to the small screen, particularly if something new and exciting is developed and the material is expanded.
We’ll bring you more news on the potential Lord of the Rings TV series as it comes our way.