Lord of the Rings TV series to be a prequel

Lord of the Rings

Amazon announced on Monday that it has retained the rights to adapt J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord Of The Rings for television for its Prime streaming service.

"'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 for Amazon Studios.

Tolkien did write many stories of Middle Earth that take place in eras prior to the adventures of Frodo, Sam, and the fellowship.

"We are delighted that Amazon, with its longstanding commitment to literature, is the home of the first-ever multi-season television series for The Lord of the Rings". Here's hoping the team at Amazon is up to the task!

The Lord of the Rings TV series was also confirmed by Matt Galsor, a representative for the Tolkien estate and trust.

As it turns out, things were farther along than we thought.

But fear not, it appears that Amazon's new television series will not actually be a retelling of the actual Lord of the Rings main story. Amazon also noted that the deal also includes a potential spinoff series, which opens up a world of possibilities for the LOTR universe.

The Lord of the Rings canon was named Amazon customers' favourite book of the millennium in 1999.

Peter Jackson made three blockbuster films based on the Rings novels, with the third, 2003's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, winning 11 Oscars, including the one for Best Picture. That's $250 MILLION...just to secure the rights. Amazon said the series would be available via the Prime Video app or online in more than 200 countries and territories, but it did not announce a release date.



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