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‘A new epic journey in Middle Earth’: Amazon commits to ‘Lord of the Rings’ TV series

Sam (Sean Astin) and Frodo (Elijah Wood) begin their climb toward Mount Doom in New Line's epic film, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King."
Sam (Sean Astin) and Frodo (Elijah Wood) begin their climb toward Mount Doom in New Line's epic film, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King." NEW LINE PRODUCTIONS

Amazon acquired the rights to adapt “The Lord of the Rings” for television, the company announced Monday.

J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy novel series will get a new spin as a multiseason TV series that will debut on Prime Video, Business Insider reports.

Amazon will “explore new storylines” that take place before the novels and the deal could lead to a spinoff series.

“We are honored to be working with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line on this exciting collaboration for television and are thrilled to be taking ‘The Lord of the Rings’ fans on a new epic journey in Middle Earth,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, head of scripted series for Amazon Studios.

“We are delighted that Amazon, with its long-standing commitment to literature, is the home of the first-ever multiseason television series for ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ ” said Matt Galsor, a representative for the Tolkien Estate and Trust and HarperCollins. “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.”

The former head of Amazon’s studio, Roy Price, who resigned amid sexual harassment allegations last month, said in September that the company was seeking a big hit along the lines of “Game of Thrones,” according to Fortune.

“Game of Thrones,” adapted from George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, has been a big hit, but it is ending after its eighth season. That season is expected to air in 2019.

“I do think ‘Game of Thrones’ is to TV as ‘Jaws’ and ‘Star Wars’ was to the movies of the 1970s,” Price told Variety in September. “It’ll inspire a lot of people. Everybody wants a big hit and certainly that’s the show of the moment in terms of being a model for a hit.”

Peter Jackson’s early 2000s adaptions of “The Lord of The Rings” brought in nearly $3 billion at theaters and won 17 Academy Awards, according to Consequence of Sound. He followed the first trilogy up with a trio of films based off of “The Hobbit.”

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