'Lord of the Rings' TV Series Heading to Amazon

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Rather, the series, for which Amazon has acquired a "multi-season" commitment from the Tolkien estate and HarperCollins, "will explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring"-and presumably not the same storylines preceding The Fellowship of the Ring that have already been explored in The Hobbit". The deal also includes the opportunity to pursue spinoff series.

Given the rather extensive attention direction Peter Jackson gave to The Lord of the Rings, not to mention The Hobbit, it's not unreasonable to ask why Amazon would want to walk down this path in the first place.

Regardless, let's hope the Amazon adaption takes less liberties with Tolkien lore than the recent Middle Earth: Shadow of War game.

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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.

The three film adaptations of "The Lord of the Rings", from New Line Cinema and director Peter Jackson, earned a combined gross of almost $6 billion worldwide. "That is just for the rights, before any costs for development, talent, and production, in proposition whose finances many industry observers called 'insane, '" Deadline writes. These moves prove that the streaming service has an interest in turning popular comic, sci-fi, and fantasy stories into (potentially) the next big thing on television. For now, however, the show's plot and character details are being kept under-wraps. What works about the books and about the original trilogy is that we do care what happens to these people (and hobbits, and wizards, and elves, and dwarves). Given Bezos' desire for his company to control the entertainment universe, or at least own a TV show that has mass appeal, expect them to spare no expense when it comes to creating an experience unlike few others on your television screen. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.