Given the first instalment of Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings film franchise and the recent success of The Hobbit Trilogy, it’s been nearly two decades since we’re still not good enough to see J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic fantasy works for life – be it silver or on the small screen.
Here’s what everything you need to know about Amazon’s Lord of the Rings TV series, including casting rumours, sharpener details, and release dates.
When is the Lord of the Rings release on Amazon Prime Video?
According to Amazon Studios boss Jennifer Salke, production on the series will begin in 2020 – although with the sheer scale of the play, it may be a while before it is made on-screen.
How many seasons will Amazon’s Lord of the Rings have?
When Amazon acquired the rights for Lord of the Rings for a considerable sum, they all made a multi-season commitment that also included a potential spin-off series.
Nevertheless, each season would still require formal approval to proceed from Amazon’s execution, in the unlikely event that the series would result in a complete commercial disaster.
The company is confident that this will not happen, as it has already confirmed the second season, while the first season has also started filming.
After much speculation, Amazon Studios has confirmed that Middle-earth will once again be brought into the New Zealand atmosphere, which formed the backdrop for Peter Jackson’s award-winning trilogy.
In a statement, listener and executive producers JD Payne and Patrick McKay said: “As we explored the place in which we could bring alive the original beauty of the Second Age of Middle-earth, we knew we had to find the majestic Needs, along with pristine beaches, forests and mountains, is also home to world-class sets, studios and highly skilled and experienced craftsmen and other staff.
“We are grateful to the people and government of New Zealand and especially Auckland for supporting us during this pre-production phase.
The abundant measure of Kiwi hospitality with which they have welcomed us is already making us feel right at home, and we look forward to deepening our partnership in the years to come. “