Middle Earth is making its way to the small screen. Amazon has acquired the global television rights to J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, with a multi-season commitment. The television adaptation will explore new storylines set before the events of The Fellowship of the Ring.
The upcoming series will be produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust and includes a potential additional spin-off series. Could this be The Silmarillion?
“The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, Head of Scripted Series, Amazon Studios. “We are honoured 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.”
Matt Galsor, a representative for the Tolkien Estate and Trust and HarperCollins, continued:
“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 writings.”
While it’s unlikely that any of the cast from the original movies will return for the series, nothing is impossible. That said, the show has some pretty big boots to fill. The theatrical adaptations of The Lord of the Rings from Director Peter Jackson earned a combined gross of nearly $6 billion worldwide and garnered a combined 17 Academy Awards.