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15 November 2017, 02:08 | Myron Mathis
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The online retailers/Hollywood Studio has announced that it has succeeded in acquiring the global television rights to the iconic Lord of the Rings franchise and that they will be making a multiple season TV shows.
The Amazon Prime Video adaptation will focus on new stories in a prequel to The Fellowship of the Ring, the first of three fantasy novels in Tolkien's beloved Ringsseries.
The estate, HarperCollins and the films' distributor New Line Cinema will help Amazon produce the television series.
The new multi-season series is Amazon's attempt to find its own mega-show like "Game of Thrones, said Sharon Tal Yguado, the head of scripted series at Amazon Studios".
According to a press release, "the television adaptation will explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring".
Deadline reported that Amazon shed around $250 million Dollars to win the rights to the famous Tolkien series.
It's possible that this new series will take inspiration from the Silmarillion for material and Amazon said that the deal could also have potential for a spin-off series as well but this presumably depends on the popularity of the show.
"Sharon and the team at Amazon Studios have exceptional ideas to bring to the screen previously unexplored stories based on J.R.R. Tolkien's original writings", said Matt Galsor, a representative of the Tolkien Estate and Trust and publisher HarperCollins. Apart from the obvious significant details, Deadline reports that the Tolkien estate also approached Netflix and HBO, and that Amazon ended up paying close to $250 million to land the project. Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!
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