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Amazon Charges Ahead With Priciest US$1 Billion ‘Lord Of The Rings’ Series
By Yoon Sann Wong, 06 Apr 2018
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Late last year, news surfaced about Amazon Studios’ The Lord of the Rings series adapted for the small screen. It had beat Netflix to clinch the US$250 million rights deal, involving Tolkien estate, publishing house HarperCollins and New Line Cinema for a five-season run.
Hollywood Reporter has shed light on the potential production cost, which could equate to more than US$1 billion after taking into consideration components such as casting, producers, and visual effects. According to the report, this series could possibly be the “most expensive TV show ever.”
Matt Galsor, a Greenberg Glusker attorney who served as the chief engineer behind this contract, described it as the “most complicated” deal he’d ever seen. Nevertheless, it was handled efficiently in a process that bonded the parties in a close relationship.
As per the contract’s terms, Amazon has to enter production within two years. The studio might also use material from New Line’s award-winning film trilogy for the show’s episodes. As to whether director Peter Jackson will be involved as executive producer, only time will tell as the decision is solely up to him.
At this juncture, little more is known about the series save for being set in ‘Middle Earth’ and exploring fresh storylines prior to J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring. The deal includes a probable spin-off for the future.
Fans of LOTR, how excited are you for this small screen adaptation?
[via Geektyrant and Hollywood Reporter, main image via Amazon]
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