J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings has been optioned by Amazon Studios for a multi-season prequel. Amazon plans to produce the show in-house, in partnership with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HaprerCollins, and New Line Cinema.
“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, Amazon's new head of scripted. “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.”
The show is planned take prior to The Fellowship of the Ring - and the announcement doesn't touch on if this will be in-continuity with the movie franchise, opening the door for actors to reprise their roles.
"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,” 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 deal also incudes the possibility of a second, spin-off show.