The Lord of the Rings is an artistic mammoth that has seized the imagination of generations of fanatics through literature and pop culture. Amazon is about to add to that.
Amazon’s Lord of the Rings television series is its most thrilling upcoming project, which reportedly expends approximately $465 million on a single season, making it one of the most expensive television series ever made. For comparison, HBO’s “Game of Thrones” cost around $100 million per season. Season one episodes cost around $6 million each and eventually rose to around $15 million by season eight.
On Friday, New Zealand’s Economic and Regional Development minister Stuart Nash revealed that the fantasy drama is going to be the most expensive television series ever made; the production figure is huge and likely the largest sum any studio has spent to produce a single season of television. From what we know, this huge investment will generate local jobs and create work for local businesses. International Tourism Branding through LoTR has always proved fruitful for the country.
According to Amazon, the TV show will focus mainly on the original forging of the Rings of Power and will bring events and characters to life, that Tolkien fans have waited for decades to watch on the screen.
The series will likely feature Sauron, when he was masking as Annatar, the Lord of Gifts, and will also contain appearances from familiar Lord of the Rings characters like Galadriel and Elrond.
Amazon spent $250 million attaining the rights for the franchise from HBO in 2017 and since then they have been fascinated and dedicated to making the TV show a magnum opus. But it’s doubtful that the Amazon series will be able to occupy the same mental real estate that the original films managed to.
The stellar cast of J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay’s collaboration with amazon includes Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Budge, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle, Tyrone Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers and Daniel Weyman etc.
This highly-anticipated live-action series is set sometime in the Second Age of Middle-earth and gets to showcase important figures from Middle-earth lore that may have only been credited in the prior Lord of the Rings and Hobbit film adaptations.
The “Lord of the Rings” television show is currently in production and expected to premiere in the fourth quarter of 2021, and obviously, the anticipation charts are through the roof.