Actor Elijah Wood portrays Frodo in a scene from the movie “The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King.” (Pierre Vinet/2003 New Line Productions through Reuters)
AT AMAZON STUDIOS, a sprawling epic collection has grow to be a commodity most valuable. And so the streaming service that first launched with a present concerning the political swamp of Washington (“Alpha House”) is now headed to the Shire.
Amazon introduced Monday that it has obtained the tv rights for “The Lord of the Rings” fantasy e book collection. Under the deal, which features a multi-season manufacturing dedication and a possible spinoff, Amazon’s tales from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth will successfully be a prequel to “The Fellowship of the Ring.”
” ‘The Lord of the Rings’ is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the creativeness of generations of followers by means of literature and the large display,” Sharon Tal Yguado, head of scripted collection for Amazon Studios, mentioned in an announcement, including: “[We] are thrilled to be taking ‘The Lord of the Rings’ fans on a new epic journey in Middle Earth.”
Amazon Studios will produce the collection whereas working with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and the Warner Bros. division New Line Cinema. (Amazon founder Jeffrey P. Bezos owns The Washington Post.)
“We are delighted that Amazon, with its long-standing commitment to literature, is the home of the first-ever multi-season television series for ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ ” Matt Galsor, representing the Tolkien Estate and Trust and HarperCollins, mentioned within the badertion.
The announcement marks the studio’s greatest acquisition since former Amazon Studios president Roy Price resigned final month whereas on suspension and going through badual harbadment allegations. Amazon Studios COO Albert Cheng was named interim president.
Under Price, Amazon Studios had made cultural inroads since 2014 with such collection as Jill Soloway’s dramatic comedy “Transparent” and the musical comedy “Mozart in the Jungle,” each of which have received Golden Globes.
Over the previous 12 months, although, some programming selections started to replicate a change in course. Amazon had canceled two female-centered interval dramas: The ’60s-set “Good Girls Revolt” was not renewed for a second season final December, and the Zelda Fitzgerald collection “Z: The Beginning of Everything” was axed this fall when the studio reversed itself after a shock renewal.
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Bezos had reportedly instructed Price to shift the programming focus towards “high-end drama series with global appeal,” within the vein of “Game of Thrones,” Variety reported in September.
Galsor mentioned in his badertion that “Sharon and the team at Amazon Studios have exceptional ideas to bring to the screen previously unexplored stories based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s original writings.” That means that the streaming service can have inventive liberty to go effectively past the well-known adventures of Frodo Baggins.
Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning “LOTR” trilogy grossed almost $three billion worldwide.
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