By Creative Media Times
The one TV series to rule them all is coming to Amazon as the streaming giant announced Monday that it acquired the TV rights for J.R.R. Tolkien’s the “The Lord of the Rings” fantasy book series with a “with a multi-season production commitment.”
The surprise in the announcement however, is that the series will be a prequel to the first of three volumes Fellowship of The Ring, effectively “exploring new storylines” and possibly even new characters that may be unfamiliar to audiences. No cast has been announced yet.
“The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, Head of Scripted Series, Amazon Studios. “We are honored to be working with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line on this exciting collaboration for television and are thrilled to be taking The Lord of the Rings fans on a new epic journey in Middle Earth.”
The epic stories of “The Lord of The Rings,” was famously adapted into films by filmmaker Peter Jackson, which was a global phenomenon beginning in 2001 with “Fellowship of the Ring,” followed by The Two Towers in 2002, and culminating in the billion dollar grossing The Return of the King which also won 11 Academy Awards including Best Picture. To this date, Jackson’s towering achievement remains the benchmark for other subsequent fantasy adventure movies.