Amazon to produce Lord of the Rings TV series

Amazon announced that it has acquired the global television rights to “The Lord of the Rings”, based on the novels by J.R.R. Tolkien, with a multi-season commitment. The series will be a global release for members to watch via the Prime Video app or online in more than 200 countries and territories.

The upcoming Amazon Prime Original will be produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment.

Set in Middle Earth, the television adaptation will explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Fellowship of the Ring”. The deal includes a potential additional spin-off 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, Head of Scripted Series, Amazon Studios.

The theatrical adaptations, from New Line Cinema and Director Peter Jackson, earned a combined gross of nearly USD 6 billion worldwide.