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« on: August 01, 2018, 01:28:14 pm »

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Amazon is bringing Middle-earth to the small screen in a Lord of the Rings TV series. Here's everything we know so far about the upcoming prequel.
By Dominic Preston | 30 Jul 2018
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For most of the past decade, TV producers have been desperate to find ‘the next Game of Thrones’, and now Amazon apparently reckons it’s found it: Lord of the Rings.

The retail giant has reportedly spent an astonishing $250 million to secure the rights to an ongoing TV show set in Middle-earth, with a commitment to multiple seasons and the potential for a spin-off, all to air exclusively on its own Amazon Prime Video streaming platform.

When is the Lord of the Rings TV series coming out?
Right now… uh, we don’t know. It was only announced that Amazon was buying the rights in November 2017, so the final show is probably a long way off still.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amazon's contract requires it to enter production within two years, which makes November 2019 the deadline for production to kick off, meaning 2020 is likely the earliest it will hit our screens. Jennifer Salke, Amazon's head of TV and film, even said that airing in 2021 "is the hope," so even 2020 might be quite optimistic at this point.

Whenever it turns up, it'll be an exclusive to Amazon Prime Video, Amazon's rival to Netflix. You can get Prime Video as one of several benefits from a general Prime subscription, with other perks including free next-day shipping and Prime Music.

Prime normally costs £79 a year, but you can always try it for free through a free trial. There are also rumours that Amazon is in talks to launch a totally free, ad-supported version of Prime Video in the future, but it's all uncertain right now.


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Cast and crew
The show is a long way off having a cast, and we don't even know much about who will be creating it behind the scenes. The first official announcement came in July 2018, with news that writing duo JD Payne and Patrick McKay would be "developing" the series, though Amazon stopped short of confirming if they would be writers or showrunners.

You won't have seen anything they've written yet, but they were involved in adapting Disney's Jungle Cruise theme park ride into an upcoming Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt film, and are also busy working on the script for the untitled Star Trek 4 for producer JJ Abrams.

"The rich world that J.R.R. Tolkien created is filled with majesty and heart, wisdom and complexity," the pair Payne and McKay said in a joint statement. "We are absolutely thrilled to be partnering with Amazon to bring it to life anew. We feel like Frodo, setting out from the Shire, with a great responsibility in our care — it is the beginning of the adventure of a lifetime.”

What’s the show about?
Again, we don’t know much, but we do know a little. For one, the show “will explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring,” according to Amazon’s statement - but we don’t know if that means between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, or before the both of them.

Amazon apparently "may use material from the films," and there's even a chance that original director Peter Jackson will come on board as an executive producer, so whatever happens it's likely this will exist in the same universe as the film series, rather than rebooting it entirely.

Matt Galsor, a representative for the Tolkien Estate and Trust and HarperCollins also explained that Amazon will “bring to the screen previously unexplored stories based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s original writings,” so we know it will at least partly draw on Tolkien’s writing.

There’s one big unadapted prequel - The Silmarillion - but since it reads more like a history textbook than a novel, it would be tough to adapt into an ongoing show. Still, Amazon could be taking it as a source of loose inspiration.

There are also a number of published books based on Tolkien's notes and unfinished writings, such as The Children of Húrin or the Unfinished Tales compilation. There's yet another on the way in 2018 - The Fall of Gondolin - and anyone keen to figure out what Amazon's show will cover could do worse than reading all these books, as it's almost certain that Amazon will be drawing on one (or more) of them to tell its story.

Then again, other speculation points to a story with closer links to Lord of the Rings itself. Fan site The One Ring claimed on Twitter that the first season of the show will focus on a young Aragorn, Viggo Mortensen's character from the films. There's a lengthy Twitter thread digging into the details of what such a show might look like (with plenty of niche Tolkien references to back it up), but this is still just rumour until we get confirmation from Amazon itself.

We do know that Amazon has signed a multi-season deal - so it’s clearly confident about the show - and also has the option for a second spin-off TV series if everything goes well.

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« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2018, 08:44:35 pm »

Amazon's Lord of the Rings eyeing 5 seasons, spinoff as streaming's tentpole era heats up

Benjamin Bullard
Apr 5, 2018

In the biggest affirmation yet of the idea that what works for the cineplex might just work for the small screen, Amazon’s escalating commitment to the forthcoming Lord of the Rings TV series is looking as epic as anything you could expect from a major motion picture studio.

The $250 million Amazon handed over for the rights to produce streaming content set within J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth-verse may be just the start of a spending spree that will lavish a reported $1 billion on the series. In an in-depth look at Amazon’s one streaming deal to rule them all, The Hollywood Reporter came away with a basketful of new details that outline just how ambitious a project Jeff Bezos’ trip to the Shire could be.

In an agreement with the famously franchise-protective Tolkien Estate, Amazon has pledged to begin production within two years on a television series that will span a reported five years. The billion-dollar outlay for the entire project is, according to THR, “poised to be the most expensive TV show ever.”

That ten-figure sum will encompass paying the actors, funding special effects worthy of the fan expectations set by Peter Jackson’s groundbreaking film trilogy, and giving the creative team everything it needs to make it all come to life. It’s the kind of long-term entrenchment that signals Amazon — which envisioned the LOTR series as a way to control its very own Game of Thrones-style tentpole —  is doubling down on drawing eyeballs to its Prime Video service by dangling the biggest carrot it can possibly manufacture in front of the widest possible audience.

As someone who’s bankably demonstrated he can spin LOTR into a demographics-straddling cultural phenomenon, the Oscar-collecting Jackson might look like a no-brainer of a choice as a key addition to Amazon’s creative team. While there’s no official confirmation that a Jackson-Amazon marriage is imminent, THR reports that Peter Nelson, Jackson’s lawyer, “recently helped start a dialogue between Jackson and Amazon” and that Jackson could elect to sign on as an executive producer.

Nelson acknowledged Amazon’s tentpole strategy with LOTR, saying they’re “taking a page out of the [film] studios’ emphasis on franchises. They also are realizing that with the overproduction of television, you need to get the eyeballs to the screen, and you can do that with franchise titles.”

Franchise titles often get a lot of additional mileage from spinoffs, and Amazon is at least entertaining that idea for LOTR. Attorney Matt Galsor, who orchestrated Amazon’s rights agreement with the Tolkien Estate, HarperCollins, and New Line Cinema, “was hammering out terms that include a potential spinoff” when Amazon was nearing its original deal last fall, the report states.

For now, the two-year production window is the closest thing we have to a sightline on when we’ll see a finished product. The casting and production process for Amazon’s take on Middle Earth promises to be an interesting saga in its own right, so stay tuned for lots more details as the mist begins to clear.
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« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2018, 08:47:15 pm »

Amazon has selected its showrunners for its Lord of the Rings show
Two writers to rule them all
By Andrew Liptak@AndrewLiptak Jul 29, 2018, 10:18am EDT
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Amazon’s big Middle-earth-set show based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien is slowly moving forward. During this week’s Television Critics Association press tour, the company says that it has brought on two writers, JD Payne and Patrick McKay, to write and develop the series.

The two writers are relative newcomers: both worked on the original script for Star Trek: Beyond, were part of the writer’s room for Godzilla vs. Kong, and are writing the upcoming sequel to Star Trek: Beyond, which will be helmed by S.J. Clarkson. Deadline says that the duo will help manage a writer’s room for the project, and that Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke said during a panel they will now work on continued development for the show. She also indicated that the studio had gone through a number of pitches before selecting Payne and McKay.

Earlier this year, reports surfaced that Amazon might set its show in the same world as that of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. While Jackson has denied that he’s involved in the series, Deadline says that “conversations continue with Jackson about a potential involvement and about possibly filming the series on his sets in New Zealand.”

The Middle-earth show reportedly won’t be a straight-up adaptation of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but it will “explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring,” with a possible spinoff series also part of the deal. The show won’t come cheap: Amazon is reportedly paying around $250 million for the rights to the franchise, with the production costs estimated to reach $500 million.
"Payne and McKay are newcomers, but their work is exclusively working in existing IPs"

Bringing on Payne and McKay — both of whom have extensively worked in other, existing universes — to develop the show is a solid next step in bringing the show closer to reality. In their statement, they said that “the rich world that J.R.R. Tolkien created is filled with majesty and heart, wisdom and complexity,” and that they recognize the “great responsibility” that they have in adapting it.

Last year, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos directed his company’s studio to find “high-end drama series with a global appeal.” Since then, the studio has been on a tear, snapping up major science fiction and fantasy properties including Larry Niven’s Ringworld and Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash, an adaptation of Channel 4’s Utopia, William Gibson’s Peripheral, a show about Nazi-hunters from Jordan Peele, Simon Stålenhag’s Tales from the Loop art, and has picked up recently canceled shows like The Expanse and Lucifer on top of this adaptation of Tolkien’s epic world.
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