Per THR, Amazon paid a whopping $250 million in 2017 just for the rights to Lord of the Rings in a deal with the Tolkien Estate, publisher HarperCollins and New Line. this link is to an external site that may or may not meet accessibility guidelines. Initially, little more than the occasional rumor followed. In early March 2020, earlier rumors were confirmed when it was announced that Maxim Baldry was joining the show in a lead role. Viggo Mortensen, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Curiously, several of the characters that have been named or rumored for Amazon's Lord of the Rings so far do not exist in Tolkien's writing. Naturally, then, Amazon would be foolish not to at least have one eye on an extended Middle Earth universe of sorts, especially when they're working with the dense and storied lore of one of the most popular universe creators of all time, J.R.R. A Historic Budget For A Multi-Year Gamble. We already knew Amazon paid $250 million for the rights alone, and that the show will be a prequel that explores new storylines that take place prior to the events of The Fellowship of the Ring in author J.R.R. However, a sizable number of rumblings and leaks — not to mention a curious set of maps — have finally surfaced. Sophia Nomvete and Daniel Weyman were also added to the series' IMDb page in early 2020. In one interview, Jennifer Salke went on record about how the studio was handling the team of writers as they secretively wove a story like spiders in the darkest depths of Mirkwood. With a myriad of actors vying for a role as one of Middle-earth's finest, writers Gennifer Hutchinson and Glenise Mullins eventually felt they needed to put out a plea for actors to stop sending them so many audition tapes. Finally, the studio largely put the rumor mill to rest when they finally announced the main cast for their Lord of the Rings. Five seasons and 3,000 years of source material leaves plenty of room for others to be cast as we go along. Though he does like to consider himself ageless, the star explained, "I don't know where I would fit in that world.". Of a bit more interest, director J.A. Disney has Marvel Studios and Star Wars. With a "B.". An upcoming television series is being produced based on the novel The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. I'm sure they're great and I trust you're super talented. Further calls followed including requests for character faces with "earthy, weathered, dark skin tonnes [sic], missing teeth, wonderful noses etc etc." We live in an era where everything from Marvel and DC to The Walking Dead and Star Wars have the concept of an "extended universe" built into their long term plans. Amazon's 'Lord Of The Rings' series is going to cost them a billion dollars, but at least they get five seasons out of it. The project has also led to a plea for as many as 250 homes in Auckland to be used as rental facilities to house actors at various points throughout the next two years. That's why the 8,000 pound gorilla of online retail paid a quarter-billion dollars to outbid Netflix in buying a new Lord … What's the budget for Amazon's Lord of the Rings? However, despite the scope of the project, it appears that you can, indeed, have too much of a good thing — particularly when it comes to auditions. No expenses are spared as Amazon readies itself to provide the creators of 'Lord of the Rings' with whatever tools they require to bring the story of Middle Earth back to its former glory again. The return of Sir Ian "Gandalf" McKellen certainly could factor into a series set during pretty much any point in Middle Earth history due to his age — the wizard is thousands of years old, after all. Amazon Studios reportedly signed a $250 million contract with Tolkien's estate, HarperCollins, and New Line Cinema to produce the multi-season show for TV. The Lord of The Rings TV show will be the most expensive series in history. Remember, we live in an era where Avengers: Endgame made nearly three-quarters of its box office earnings internationally — with China alone bringing in over 30 percent of that global total. From the moment the news of Amazon's series broke, rumors have waffled back and forth regarding a potential Jackson connection. The rights alone to a piece of J.R.R. Amazon.com: lord of the rings. HBO has Game of Thrones. The return to the land of the Kiwis is rumored to focus around the cities of Auckland on the northern island and Queenstown on the southern one, and local facilities are already busy with pre-production. Amazon’s Lord of the Rings prequel will cost the company an estimated $500 million, according to Reuters. Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series is looking to begin shooting in August, and stay for at least three months, and the studio is getting ready for the giant to move in and get started. While minor mentions may be able to slip in from time to time, all of Jackson's work took place in the Third Age, so connecting the dots may be a dicey proposition at best. It was made of four folded panels, and while its topography was unlabeled, it showed the familiar geography of Middle Earth at the end of the Third Age, including a large portion of the lands further to the east. In fact, it’s more than it cost Peter Jackson to make all three movies in his Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings trilogy, at least, before their marketing costs (according to Box Office Mojo). While he initially flat out denied being involved, multiple reports have refused to confirm this fact, with Jennifer Salke herself stating that the lack of any other specific news wasn't a negative. In the case of Amazon's Middle-earth, though, thus far the photos have been a bit underwhelming. More importantly, the tweet came with a map. As COVID-19 tore across the globe, shutting down economies and quarantining people by the tens of millions, Amazon execs made the decision to indefinitely shut down production on the project, even going so far as to tell staffers that "there are no clear answers to when we will resume.". This news came with the added tidbit that the crew would be going on a four- or five-month hiatus after they wrapped filming on the first two episodes of the first season. Founded after the catastrophic ending of the First Age, the island served as a home for the Númenóreans, a nation of blessed men that flourished during the Second Age — they're the ones that founded Gondor and Arnor on the mainland — until they were destroyed and their island sank beneath the waves not long before the Third Age began. Local shops in West Auckland have also reportedly had to sign non-disclosure agreements as they gear up to do brisk business while Amazon Studios is in town. In other words, it's impossible to say what will ultimately happen until more news leaks. So you can bet that Amazon is counting on a healthy response outside the good ol' U.S. of A. in order to help float their #LOTRonPrime boat. Legolas actor Orlando Bloom mentioned in one interview that literally while filming, Jackson had said, "Wouldn't it be fun to think about people doing a remake of Lord of the Rings?". Will they be able to wreak havoc on the characters, storyline, and locations (a bit like the jarring myriad of changes that were done to the Hobbit trilogy) or will they have a shorter leash? The information was intriguing (and pointed away from a Young Aragorn series), but it wasn't definitive beyond that point — at least, not until the next day. Amazon has a lot riding on its secretive, $250 million deal with The Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. The studio slowly assembled a team of writers, eventually selected their core cast, and then finally announced that they would officially begin production in February 2020. Tolkien back to life. A Historic Budget For A Multi-Year Gamble. The question is, what has Amazon Studios been up to since the earth-shaking news of the rights acquisition broke back in 2017? A major new Lord of the Rings computer game is being developed by Amazon Game Studios. The Tolkien Estate will r… A major new Lord of the Rings computer game is being developed by Amazon Game Studios. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the upcoming Amazon series is expected to have a $1bn budget. Bayona had been chosen to direct the first pair of episodes. Tolkien's world provides a fertile collection of stories that are certainly capable of carrying the entire Amazon video streaming service to a whole new level. While the forced, never-ending shutdown is just par for the course as far as the movie industry is concerned, it does put a significant damper on the prospect of the show making its projected 2021 release date. Yeah, it's a busy time. News is coming in today which state Amazon is paying a total of $660 million for the new flagship show from the retail giant. If Amazon truly goes this route with the storyline, there's no doubt that they'll have a lot to work with. The Hollywood Reporter has a detailed report about the Lord of the Rings series. FREE Shipping by Amazon. EW reported early in 2018 that the first two seasons alone were going to double the cost of the rights. "There's a fantastic writers room working under lock and key," Salke said. If the map has Númenor on it, it means Amazon's creative team has its sights firmly set on the Second Age. In other words, we're talking about a story that takes place within a time span that is 3,441 years long. The landing of Amazon's big-budget television series Lord of the Rings has led government officials to warn the country's film incentive scheme will soon run out of cash. Seriously, the analogy holds up, as they made sure the writers were pretty much cut off from the daylight as they worked on the plotlines and scripts. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring, but will not touch on events of The Silmarillion, nor the Third Age. By Mat Elfring on January 17, 2020 at 6:35AM PST It’ll inspire a lot of people. What is the budget of Lord Of The Rings Series? While Amazon's Tolkienian ambitions have been slow to get off the ground, by mid-March it appeared that the production was finally gaining some momentum — just in time to run smack into the brick wall of the coronavirus. As far as big-picture stuff goes, the studio is reportedly laying the groundwork for a solid five-season run, along with a possible spinoff (via The Hollywood Reporter). The latter specifically tweeted, "Guys, I have nothing to do with the casting of @LOTRonPrime Please stop sending me audition tapes. With that said, though, another interview with Tolkien scholar Tom Shippey did clarify that "the First and Third Ages are 'off-limits.'" Entertainment Weekly may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. It may be easy to forget now that Peter Jackson's original Lord of the Rings cinematic effort boasted many lesser-known actors and thrived on the fact that fans got to know them as their characters. However, there are a few pieces of information that can clue us in as to approximately when the series might drop. Hutchinson agreed to the sentiment with a simple, "Yeeeaaaahhhhhh.". Now, Amazon has The Lord of the Rings. It's a valuable investment — J.R.R. This would make the LOTR project easily the most expensive TV series ever made. By Mat Elfring on January 17, 2020 at 6:35AM PST. A preliminary interactive mapis featured on the Amazon Prime Video site. The main question that still remains, though, is if they'll actually have the rights to talk about all of these elements of the Middle Earth story or not. Audiences hadn’t seen anything quite like The Fellowship of the Ring when the movie released in December 2001. Last fall, former Amazon Studios head Roy Price declared the company was gunning for its own GoT: “I do think Game of Thrones is to TV as Jaws and Star Wars was to the movies of the 1970s. It was followed by a second tweet that linked directly to Amazon, where fans could zoom into a high-quality version of the map. In addition, the Second Age is the period of time that sees Sauron rise as the Dark Lord of Middle-earth. Of course, it's impossible to come to a satisfying conclusion until more information becomes available. The possibility of a spinoff is intriguing, as well. With such a mammoth undertaking as Amazon's Lord of the Rings, it's only natural that everyone and their mother is going to want to get a glimpse of what's going on behind the scenes. One of the show's stunt performers, Elissa Cadwell, had performed a planned stunt in which she fell into a tank of water. Even more actors are signing on to Amazon’s Lord of the Rings adaptation. While details regarding the lead cast may be in short supply, we do know some details about what Amazon wants from their extras. Amazon doesn't think so. Amazon’s forthcoming “Lord of the Rings” series has added a whopping 20 new cast members, the streamer announced Thursday. Lord of the Rings TV Show May Cost Amazon $1 Billion After all production costs are factored in, Amazon's upcoming Lord of the Rings TV series will probably exceed $1 billion. Sure, fans of How I Met Your Mother will recognize Nazanin Boniadi as Barney Stinson's girlfriend, and Aramayo and Mawle enter the show as well-established Game of Thrones alumni, but by and large, there's nary a bigwig, budget-breaking A-list actor in the bunch — to which we say, thank you, Amazon Studios, for building your show the right way, prioritizing the story over the star power. The New Zealand Herald reported that emergency services were called to the secretive shooting location late in the afternoon on February 7th. Could he merely be needed for an initial framing sequence as he rules Gondor in the Fourth Age before the show flashes back in time? Amazon's Lord of the Rings TV Series: Release Date, Spoilers, Cast, and Characters. The budget for the series is rumored to be a whopping $1 billion, which would make it the largest budget for any television series in history. It should come as no surprise that Amazon is doing their level best to keep their plans for Middle Earth a secret. Amazon Lord of The Rings will be released in 2021, the more optimistic say the release date will be in 2020. While still intimidating, Sauron's rise to power in the Second Age is a little more subtle — and arguably more interesting. Several months after the acquisition, The Hollywood Reporter shared the details of the deal, indicating that the series has a five-season commitment. Amazon may have picked the first cast member for its upcoming Lord of the Rings TV series. Lord of the Rings TV Series Has an Expensive Budget In 2017, when it was announced that Amazon won the bidding war against Netflix and HBO to acquire the rights,it was reported to have cost $250 million. First and foremost, there's the contract factor. It's also the time when we see the rings of power — including the One Ring — come into existence, Rivendell and Mordor are founded, the Black Riders show up, and the world is literally changed from a flat plain to a globe. But it didn't stop there. By Tom Chapman Mar 16, 2018 Hoping to cash in on the success of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings, Amazon's TV series is reportedly spending big to bring the world of J.R.R. Not only that, but Tom Shippey has also stated that the first season alone is supposed to run for a whopping 20 episodes, making it one of the longest seasons of any Amazon Prime show to date. The director followed the post up with a nocturnal shot a few days later that showed a tree bewitchingly lit up by the lights from the set. Three days after the "three rings" post — notice the numerology at play — a second map popped up on Amazon's social media. While huge productions are nothing new in the modern age of cinema, that doesn't change the jaw-dropping feeling of a set built to accommodate a $1.5 billion fantasy universe. Amazon Prime acquired the television and digits rights for a whopping $250 million dollars in 2017. The cast members joining the team are as follows. I'm not involved in the casting." Amazon's co-head of television, Vernon Sanders, even reiterated that all of the information the studio is willing to release at this point is, indeed, that it will be set somewhere in the Second Age. McKellen replied with surprise. Green screens can also be glimpsed hanging on walls made out of shipping containers stacked six high. When Tolkien fans learned that Middle Earth would be coming to screens for the first time since Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy, it's only natural that their first question was "When?" To be fair, Tolkien's own writings on the Second Age are , and it would be within the bounds of reason to expect Amazon to flesh things out with some new characters. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. 4.7 out of 5 stars 10,542. 10 funny mockumentaries to remind us about the absurdity of life, Family-friendly Halloween films for boos big and small. Amazon has certainly not been in a rush to get its Middle-earth universe onto the screen. Amazon's megadeal for The Lord of the Rings is believed to be for five seasons, plus a potential spinoff, with insiders putting the price tag for global rights at around $250 million. Amazon's Lord of the Rings prequel series may be at least a year from its debut, but the company has begun quietly teasing this highly ambitious, highly expensive project. Entertainment Weekly is a registered trademark of Meredith Corporation All Rights Reserved. The game does not appear to be directly linked to the show, but that hardly disqualifies it as a part of the greater continuity that Amazon is in position to propagate. Tolkien's Middle Earth novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are considered to be the greatest and most influential fantasy series of all-time. By comparison, HBO spends about $15 million per episode on GoT at this point — probably a bit more for the upcoming final season — plus marketing costs. Amazon’s Lord of the Rings spinoff is still a ways off from assembling a full fellowship, but it does have at least two cast members. After all, Jackson wasn't slated to direct the Hobbit trilogy until the last minute. Apart from Gandalf, the only other real contender (from the original nine members of the Fellowship, at least) could possibly be Legolas, thanks to his immortal Elven blood. Tolkien's stories often focus on a single character for extended periods of time, with heroes like Bilbo Baggins, Samwise Gamgee, or even Beren and Lúthien holding the reader's focus at various points across the Middle Earth timeline. Variety does not know which character Poulter will … Though clearly significant, the injuries thankfully weren't life-threatening. It is projected to progress at least five seasons. Sources told several media outlets today that Australian actress … Two days later, another tweet went out, this time with the words "Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky," quoting the first line of Tolkien's famous poem about the rings of power. Still, the lengths to which they'll go in order to do so are pretty extreme. Mass Market Paperback $26.55 $ 26. We already knew Amazon paid $250 million for the rights alone, and that the show will be a prequel that explores new storylines that take place prior to the events of The Fellowship of the Ring in author J.R.R. The Hollywood Reporter has a detailed report about the Lord of the Rings series. Still, the lack of text meant there wasn't much for fans to discover. And there's a security guard that sits outside, and you have to have a fingerprint to get in there...". Viggo Mortensen, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Per THR, Amazon paid a whopping $250 million in 2017 just for the rights to Lord of the Rings in a deal with the Tolkien Estate, publisher HarperCollins and New Line. EXCLUSIVE: Filming has just resumed in New Zealand on Amazon’s sprawling The Lord Of The Rings TV series, an adaptation of J.R.R. One of the photos revealed a code name (possibly for the show) that read "GIN." However, he followed this up by pointing out that "the Tolkien Estate will insist that the main shape of the Second Age is not altered." Regardless of the specific characters, the list of actors involved in the project is very promising — especially for Tolkien aficionados who felt burned by the diminishing returns of the Hobbit trilogy — for one specific reason: they're relatively unknown. The contract with Tolkien’s estate, Harper Collins and New Line Cinema was said to have cost Amazon Studios $250 million … Renowned illustrator John Howe (who also worked on Peter Jackson's trilogy) and Tolkien scholar Tom Shippey were also revealed as being involved on the project. Elijah Wood has concerns over the Lord of The Rings Amazon Prime series and its $1billion budget Adam Miller Friday 26 Apr 2019 12:41 pm Share this article via … By Lindsay MacDonald Dec 3, 2020 11:38 AM EST. Questions like these have led many fans to avidly set about comparing facial features of the cast to see if they can match them with already existing characters in the cinematic Middle-earth universe. While the cast may be shrouded in mystery, Amazon has finally come right out and announced its Lord of the Rings creative team, and the list of names is lengthy, to say the least. Amazon's billion-dollar budget Lord of the Rings series will return to film in Middle Earth, it's been confirmed.. Or New Zealand, as it's also known. Tolkien. While injuries can certainly happen while filming, the inauspicious news that something like this had happened within days of starting production was certainly disheartening to say the least. Middle-earth got quite a bit more crowded today, as Variety reports that Amazon’s already ludicrously expensive Lord Of The Rings prequel show has now added 20 more actors to its cast, fleshing out its ranks of hobbits or ents or Toms Bombadil or whatever the hell else ends up actually appearing on camera for this bafflingly resource-intensive TV adaptation. Better luck next time, folks. 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