Earlier today Amazon released a statement they acquired the global television rights to J. R. R. Tolkien’s epic story, The Lord of the Rings. Amazon Studios is teaming up with HarperCollins, New Line Cinema and Tolkien Estate and Trust to bring to their streaming platform an adaptation to the epic story, and exploring new storylines preceding The Fellowship of the Ring. Amazon is planning for the series to run for some time, with chances of spin-off series in the future.
Per Deadline, Tolkien Estate and Trust was approaching two other streaming services, Netflix and HBO. Amazon won the rights at the rumored cost of $200 million – $250 million range. The price per season for this fantasy adventure may fall in the budget of $100 million to $150 million.
Per Box Office Mojo, Peter Jackson theatrical adaptations of The Lord of the Rings trilogy brought in $1,030,181,320. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) won four Oscars and 113 other awards. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), won two Oscars and 118 other awards. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) won 11 Oscars and 197 other awards.
Peter Jackson also did the theatrical adaptations for The Hobbit trilogy, which brought in $816,490,211. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) won three Oscars along with ten other awards. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013), won three Oscars and 16 other awards. The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies (2014) won one Oscar and seven other awards.
As of right now, there is no word on who the writers or the cast will be for this epic journey. Now is an appropriate time to let your imagination go wild, who is your dream cast for the roles? How about writers, directors, and producers? How about music? What would you like to see play out?