LORD OF THE RINGS and HITMAN Series Coming to TV

Lawrence Kim
November 14, 2017

The production budget will likely add another $100-$150 million a season - but Amazon is seen as having deep pockets, as chairman Jeff Bezos has challenged his creative teams to come up with a prestigious fantasy series to rival "Game Of Thrones".

One hundred years since J.R.R. Tolkien invented Middle-earth, Amazon has announced it's turning Lord of the Rings into a TV series.

"We are honoured 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". Now, it looks like Amazon has nabbed the show and has asked for it be made as a multi-season show.

Are you excited about Lord of the Rings coming to the small screen?

Three movies made of the trilogy in the early 2000s, filmed in New Zealand by director Peter Jackson, garnered almost $3 billion at the box office and 17 Academy Awards.

Warner Bros and the Tolkien estate have been shopping a series based on the classic fantasy novels and their assortment of hobbits, wizards, and warriors, sparking a competitive situation from which Amazon emerged as the victor. Though it attracted great reviews it did not result in a hike in Amazon Prime subscribers, at least not in all of its target audiences around the world.

The series will stream on Amazon's own streaming service, Prime Video, that's is being positioned as a competitor to Netflix and HBO.

Amazon justifies its spending on programming as a way to draw new sign-ups to Prime, whose members buy more goods more often from the world's largest online retailer.

"Amazon is committed to producing super high quality, recognized, branded entertainment", said Wedbush Securities industry analyst Michael Pachter.

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