'Lord of the Rings' Series Coming to Amazon

It's been a long time since fans of The Lord of the Rings have seen their favorite hobbits and orcs on the big screen, but soon they'll get a chance to catch up with their old friends on the small screen. A new series on Amazon will explore the stories that come before LOTR chronologically, and we know that there are many of those stories to be told.

Via The Hollywood Reporter.

It's official: Amazon Studios is going to make a Lord of the Rings TV series.

The retail giant and streaming outlet announced Monday that it has acquired global television rights to the Lord of the Rings franchise, based on the best-selling novels by J.R.R. Tolkien. Amazon has handed out a multiple-season commitment. The Amazon LOTR series will be produced in-house at Amazon Studios alongside the Tolkien Estate and Trust, publisher HarperCollins and Warner Bros. Entertainment's New Line Cinema.

Amazon's LOTR series will be set in Middle Earth and explore new storylines preceding Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring. The deal includes a potential additional spinoff series. 
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, Amazon's new head of scripted. “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 news comes 10 days after word leaked that Amazon Studios was exploring a potential TV series based on the fantasy series and subsequent feature film franchise, which was produced by New Line. The LOTR novels were named Amazon customers' favorite book of the millennium in 1999.
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