Amazon Buys Lord of the Rings TV Series with Pre-Fellowship Stories

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Amazon announced Monday that it has secured a multi-season deal for a Lord of the Rings TV series. The show will focus on “new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring,” and includes rights for possible spin-offs. The series will be produced with cooperation by a who-who of those with Lord of the Rings rights, including the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment.

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Amazon didn’t specify where the “new storylines” will come from. Tolkien famously left a vast wealth of pre-history for The Lord of the Rings, some 10,000 years of fully documented history. Certainly that includes many stories in the months and years leading up to The Lord of the Rings. Personally, I hope Amazon Studies plans to limit itself to those storylines created by Tolkien, but somehow I doubt it.

The Lord of the Rings has generated some $6 billion in worldwide revenues with the Peter Jackson films, as the world has loved seeing these stories brought to the screen. My guess is that Amazon will have a hit on its hands with its TV show(s), too, and I wonder if Apple was in the bidding for this project.

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furbies
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Sorry, but I can’t imagine Amazon (or anyone else) doing LOTR true justice.

Don’t get me wrong. Jackson’s LOTR films had some great visuals/photography, but even he couldn’t help himself…

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Understand that I was a massive LotR fan growing up. I must have read the trilogy over a dozen times and The Hobbit several dozen. I have a first printing of the Silmarillion on the shelf. The LotR films were pretty good. Left a fair amount out, Tom Bombadil for example, but overall they did a good job of capturing the spirit of the books. The Hobbit on the other hand ranged from fun, to mediocre. In reality it shared a very generalized bit of the plot, but most of it was created by the screenwriters out of whole cloth.… Read more »

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One of the problems with today’s entertainment industry is their aversion to the spiritual or religious elements in the writings of Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. They generally don’t do justice to this side to their works. I rather doubt that Amazon will be any better. Their formula will be to highlight the villains and heroes in various hack them up action scenes while injecting as much erotic romanticism as they wish.