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Amazon Shells Out a Significant Amount of Money to do a Lord of the Rings Prequel Series.

Following up on last week’s announcement that Amazon was considering a Lord of the Rings television series, the streaming service has now committed to journey to Middle Earth and has a multiple-year plan for a prequel series and also has the option to do a spin-off as well. There are no specifics as to what storyline that prequel series will follow, nor whether it will be considered a tie-in to the movies or keep its focus closer to the source material. Considering all the background material in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion as well as all the history of Middle Earth covered in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, there should be plenty of story ideas available for a prequel series. Amazon is making a significant investment with this project, paying $250 million just for the rights to the property, and then it will likely pay $100 to $150 million per season to produce the show. But like Showtime is certainly trying to do with The Kingkiller Chronicles, Amazon wants to fill the void that will be left by Game of Thrones when it wraps up. And a Lord of the Rings TV series will definitely draw many viewers worldwide to the streaming service. I expect this will require a fair amount of production time and it will likely debut at some point in 2019.

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