It’s time to travel back to Middle-earth.
Following early talks that Amazon Studios was considering a television adaptation of author J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved The Lord of the Rings novels, the company has announced that it has officially acquired small-screen rights for the book series (via Deadline).
The streaming service handed a multi-season commitment to the Lord of the Rings television show in this exciting new deal, which includes a possible spinoff series as well. Amazon Studios is producing the series in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, New Line Cinema, and publisher HarperCollins.
Head of scripted series at Amazon Studios Sharon Tal Yguado made the announcement, saying in a statement, “The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen. 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.”
What’s more is that this original Lord of the Rings series will be serve as a prequel to Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Rings, exploring new storylines preceding the well-loved novel.
Matt Galsor, a representative for the Tolkien Estate and HarperCollins, stated that the show will honor the source material and deliver a high-quality viewing experience. “We are delighted that Amazon, with its longstanding commitment to literature, is the home of the first-ever multi-season television series for The Lord of the Rings. 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 writing,” Galsor said.
The fact that the show is a pre-Fellowship exploration that centered told the iconic tale of Frodo Baggins means that Amazon will have a lot of wiggle room to craft original characters, settings (within Middle-earth, of course), and plotlines. The company could even infuse more adult themes like sex and violence into Tolkien’s fantasy world, sort of in the vein of Game of Thrones, though George R.R. Martin already included a ton of that on the page.
No further details concerning the pact or the upcoming Lord of the Rings series were disclosed today, but we’ll keep you posted as we learn more information.