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Amazon Adapting J.R.R. Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings' for TV Series

13 Nov, 2017 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Amazon Nov. 13 announced it has acquired global TV rights to "The Lord of the Rings," with plans to produce a multi-season episodic series around the fantasy novels by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Amazon Studios will produce the Prime Original in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment.

Indeed, theatrical adaptations from New Line and director Peter Jackson generated 17 Oscars and a combined gross of nearly $6 billion worldwide at the box office — and hundreds of millions more at retail for Warner Home Video.

“'Rings' is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen,” Sharon Tal Yguado, head of scripted series at Amazon Studios, said in a statement.

Matt Galsor, a representative for the Tolkien Estate and Trust and HarperCollins, welcomed Amazon, citing the e-commerce giant’s longstanding “commitment” to literature.

“Amazon Studios have exceptional ideas to bring to the screen previously unexplored stories,” Galsor said.

The TV adaptation will explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring. The deal includes a potential spin-off series.

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