'Lord of the Rings' Series Adaptation in the Works

Posted 2017/11/05 0 0

A television series based on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings is currently in the works at Amazon.


According to several sources, including Variety, Deadline, and the Hollywood Reporter, a number of big-name production companies have been approached about a Lord of the Rings TV series. More specific, Variety reports that Warner Bros. and series author J.R.R. Tolkien's estate are said to be in the early stages of discussions with Amazon Studios. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is also reported to be personally involved in the discussions. Both The Hollywood Reporter and Variety add that the project, which would likely take a Game of Thrones approach to the subject matter, is a long way from being officially announced, with no writer or director yet on board to reinterpret Tolkien's epic.

Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy of films collectively made more than $2.9 billion, with the final instalment, The Return of the King, making more than $1 billion alone. It won 11 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director.

Following Jackson's Lord of the Rings series, the director made three Hobbit films that also made a lot of money in theaters. While no new films have been announced, a movie about Tolkien's relationship with with his wife Edith Bratt and his time in World War I is in the pipeline. Another film will explore the author's relationship with Narnia writer C.S. Lewis and how he helped convert Lewis to Christianity.

Amazon has upheaval on its end with the recent removal of Studios head Roy Price, who has been replaced on an interim basis by Albert Cheng. Despite that, and the loss of drama and comedy head under separate allegations of conflict of interest, Amazon Studios recently announced it's moving into The Culver Studios at the end of this year.