This article was updated on 11/13/17 to reflect production news.
Move over, Game of Thrones, the original fantasy superstar is taking over television.
In case Peter Jackson’s sprawling, nine hour—or 12-hour, if you watch the extended edition—adaptation of the classic trilogy isn’t enough for you, then we have great news: The Lord of the Rings is headed for the small screen. The Guardian reports that Amazon Studios has acquired the rights to J.R.R. Tolkien's classic fantasy series, with plans for a Game of Thrones-style television show. The still-untitled project will feature brand new Middle-earth adventures that will take place before The Fellowship of the Ring. Amazon also has high hopes for future spin-offs.
Of the new project, a representative of the Tolkien estate stated that they were "delighted that Amazon, with its long commitment to literature, is the home of the first-ever multi-season television series for The Lord of the Rings."
Amazon battled through several other streaming services to get the rights to the series, including Netflix, and the rights alone for the series cost a reported $200 million. That's some elfin money.
“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, Head of Scripted Series, Amazon Studios. “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 upcoming project will be available to stream on Amazon Prime.
Last week, Sean Astin—the the actor who played Samwise Gamgee in the original trilogy of films—sounded off on the potential for another adaptation. For him, it came as no surprise that Amazon Studios and Warner Bros. had something in the works. Astin originally predicted that though Jackson’s adaptation is so beloved, it would be remade someday in the near future. Variety reports:
Astin added that people used to disagree with him, calling it a “classic” they could “never top,” but he was adamant. “No, it’ll get remade. It’s a massive story! The characters are so beloved,” he said.
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Featured still from "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" via New Line Cinema