Lord of the rings

  • Amazon Studios has acquired the rights to adapt “The Lord of the Rings” into a multi-season TV series.
  • The studio said the series will “explore new storylines” preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” novels.
  • Fans are speculating that could mean an adaptation of “The Silmarillion,” a posthumously published prequel by Tolkien.
  • The announcement follows a shift in strategy for Amazon Studios that was reportedly orchestrated by CEO Jeff Bezos, in pursuit of a big show like HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

Amazon announced Monday that it had acquired the rights to adapt “The Lord of The Rings,” J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy novel series, into a multi-season TV series.

Amazon Studios will produce the original series, which the company said will “explore new storylines” preceding the Tolkien novels. Those novels were previously adapted into an Oscar-winning film series (starting with “The Fellowship of the Ring” in 2001). Some fans are speculating that could mean an adaptation of “The Silmarillion,” a posthumously published prequel to “The Lord of the Rings” by Tolkien.

The announcement follows a recent strategy shift at Amazon Studios that was reportedly orchestrated by CEO Jeff Bezos himself. Roy Price, the former head of the studio, said in September that Amazon would be pursuing a “big show” in the vein of “Game of Thrones.” (Price resigned in October following sexual harassment allegations made against him).

Bezos tweeted the “Lord of the Rings” announcement Monday afternoon, writing “Amazon Prime heads to Middle Earth.”

Amazon Prime heads to Middle Earth. https://t.co/QowUmf8t3S pic.twitter.com/YVciEX3u2t

— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) November 13, 2017

Sharon Tal Yguado, the head of scripted series at Amazon Studios, also provided the following statement on the series:

“‘The Lord of the Rings’ is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and Read More Here