AMAZON Studios acquired the rights to the forthcoming Lord of the Rings television series in 2017, and with a budget of a reported $1billion, it goes without saying that there are high hopes for the show.
New Zealand has been confirmed as the location where filming will commence later this year, but what else do we know about Amazon’s reveal? Here’s all that we know so far…
Where is the Lord of the Rings series being filmed?
On Tuesday, September 18, Amazon Studios announced in a statement that the upcoming series will be shot in New Zealand.
This is particularly interesting given that the Lord of the Rings film trilogy was also filmed there, giving all the more reason to believe that producers behind the show are pulling out all the plugs to satisfy fans with the new adaptation.
In a statement, the studio shared: “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.”
While production isn’t expected to take place for another few months, the statement acknowledges that the creators are beyond ecstatic with New Zealand’s cooperation.
“We are grateful to the people and the government of New Zealand and especially Auckland for supporting us during this pre-production phase,” the firm added.
“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.”
Meanwhile, New Zealand’s Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford explained that the deal will create a number of benefits including jobs and overseas investment.
And, as previously mentioned, Amazon Studios is backing the project with an estimated budget of $1bn, so there seems to be no doubt that there’s plenty of money behind the show to make it just as great as the film series has been.
The Hobbit trilogy, which was also shot out in New Zealand, reportedly gave the country a drastic tourism boom, with fans flocking to see some of the beautiful landscapes in person.
The film series is also said to be responsible for a number of major Hollywood studios choosing New Zealand as one of their favourite locations to shoot.
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When is Lord of the Rings on Amazon Prime?
An official release date for the first series of Lord of the Rings still hasn’t been made just yet, but we expect it to be soon.
Amazon Studios boss Jennifer Salke had previously revealed that production on the first season was expected to commence in 2020.
Given its complex narrative, and since we only know a few people that are currently attached to the show, it would seem as if Lord of the Rings won’t be out for a while.
Still, just to know that the first series is in development gives us enough reason to believe that we’ll be hearing plenty of more details concerning a release date once production officially starts over the next year.