According to an announcement Monday, "the television adaptation will explore new story lines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring". Peter Jackson's LOTR movie trilogy is 558 minutes (!) altogether, and that's not counting the extended version.
Amazon's deal includes a potential addition of a spin-off series as well.
Amazon will run a multi-season Lord of the Rings prequel TV series
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. On one hand, they are handsome pieces of digital artwork that do a very good job of showcasing the material.
Amazon is making a Lord of the Rings TV show, but it isn't a straight adaptation of the greatest fantasy series of all time - it's a prequel.
Lord of the Rings absolutely has more brand recognition for audiences than any of those shows, but you don't have to look back to discover that aping Thrones hasn't exactly been a recipe for smash success.
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So maybe this Lord of the Rings reboot could be just the start of Amazon's bid to outdo the likes of Netflix - as well as keep worlds like Middle Earth still alive.
There is no word yet on when The Lord of the Rings TV series will begin airing but you can expect it within the next three years, probably premiering after the Game of Thrones spin-off has already begun airing.
It is also a proven pop culture commodity. Amazon has a plethora of material to choose from.
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"The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen", Sharon Tal Yguado, head of scripted series at Amazon Studios, said in a statement. To date, most of Amazon's original series have had an art-house or indie ethos to them.
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