February 13, 2019, 08:13
Updated February 13, 2019, 08:23
In 2017, Amazon managed to take away the television rights of Lord of the Rings of Netflix, after paying $ 250 million. In this way, Jeff Bezos's company succeeded in acquiring the imaginary by J.R.R. Tolkien, although the studio has kept an extraordinary secret about the fate it is intended to give her.
It is now known that the series will have five seasons since it was created at the time of purchasing the rights with Tolkien, the family company responsible for the British writer's rebates. It is also expected to become the most expensive television production in history, with an initial budget of $ 250 million for the first two seasons. In this way the series of Lord of the Rings will exceed the budget of another epic adventure, Playing thrones.
The story will be located some time before the successful trilogy of Peter Jackson and will seek to link new plots to the Middle Earth. The first season will take place in the adventures of young Aragorn – the character played by Viggo Mortensen in the movie trilogy – before the events of Community of the Ring.
"I recently realized from a reporter that the series is being made, I have no contact with Amazon or this production, it would be a good idea at least to talk to Jackson and perhaps some of the participants in the successful trilogy. They have to do something, create something new, wish you good luck, beautiful saga, a nice challenge, "Mortensen said after learning about the adaptation.
One of the leading actors who showed interest was Ian McKelen, who in a radio interview with Graham Norton said he could still get into Gandalf's shoes. "I did not say" yes "because they did not ask me, but do you think someone else will give him life? Gandalf is about 7,000 years old, so I'm still not too old for the role," he joked.
No official member of the squad that will make the ambitious series has yet been confirmed, but there is someone who has said no: Jackson wanted to lead the project but refused due to lack of experience on the small screen. However, he was a participant and script script writer.
The original trilogy had a total budget of $ 281 million, while only the first two seasons of the series will cover almost the entire cost of the award-winning movie series. Bezos bet big and his intent is to generate in Amazon a phenomenon similar to that with which HBO has achieved Games on thrones,
It is mentioned as a possible Scotland shooting location as this would significantly reduce production costs compared to New Zealand, the country where the film saga is shot.
Given the few leaks that have occurred in production, the series is expected to reach the Amazon Prime platform at the end of next year or in the course of 2021.