Amazon’s Lord of the Rings streaming series will film in New Zealand, Amazon Studios announced Tuesday, adding that pre-production has started and that production on the series will begin in Auckland in the coming months.
New Zealand, of course, was home to principal production of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies.
“As we searched for the location in which we could bring to life the primordial beauty of the Second Age of Middle-earth, we knew we needed to find somewhere majestic, with pristine coasts, forests, and mountains, that also is a home to world-class sets, studios, and highly skilled and experienced craftspeople and other staff. And we’re happy that we are now able to officially confirm New Zealand as our home for our series based on stories from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings,” said showrunners and executive producers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay.
“We are grateful to the people and the 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 has already made us feel right at home, and we are looking forward to deepening our partnership in the years to come.”
Set in Middle-earth, the television adaptation will explore new storylines preceding Tolkien’s TheFellowship of the Ring.
No premiere date for the series has been announced.