J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings is being turned into a TV show by Amazon, the online giant announced on Monday, with an aim for a multi-season run. One can’t help but compare Amazon’s ambitions as a challenge to Netflix and, more widely, HBO’s Game of Thrones.
“The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, Head of Scripted Series, Amazon Studios.
Amazon said it will work with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema to create a series that does the beloved series justice. Breaking the book into a TV series will allow the writers to further explore the nuance of Middle Earth.
Coming on the heels of the trilogy directed by Peter Jackson, expectations for Amazon’s new series will be sky high. According to Amazon, the upcoming show will “explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring,” which suggests the show won’t feature familiar characters, such as Frodo Baggins or Samwise Gamgee.
As part of the deal, there’s the possibility for a spin-off series down the road.
No other details were shared by Amazon, such as when the show will be released and who will star. For that matter, will the show’s first season be released all at once or will Amazon choose to stagger its release?
Whatever happens, the news reinforces the notion that Amazon Prime is one of the best services in tech. Hopefully, getting a flagship series like The Lord of the Rings doesn’t mean another price hike is in the cards.