The streaming service on Monday announced the item can be bringing J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy epic to television, which has a multiple season commitment.
The television series will take place before the 2001 feature film “The Fellowship of the Ring,” which kicked off the trilogy directed by Peter Jackson.
Amazon said in a Discharge the deal includes potential for spin-off series as well.
“‘The Lord of the Rings’ can be a cultural phenomenon which has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature along with the big screen,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, head of scripted series for Amazon Studios. “We are honored to be working with the Tolkien Estate along with Trust, HarperCollins along with fresh Line on This kind of exciting collaboration for television along with are thrilled to be taking ‘The Lord of the Rings; fans on a fresh epic journey in Middle Earth.”
The announcement marks Amazon’s first major programming announcement since the departure of former executive Roy cost.
Amazon’s acquisition of the “Lord of the Rings” television rights sets up the streaming network to expand its genre programming.
Amazon also produces “The Man within the High Castle,” an alternative history drama based on the Philip K. Dick novel. which show’s third season will debut in 2018.
The company also announced last week a superhero drama through “Supernatural” creator Eric Kripke along with fellow executive producers Seth Rogen along with Evan Goldberg, who will direct.
The “Lord of the Rings” films earned a combined gross of nearly $6 billion worldwide.
The cast included Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Sean Astin along with Orlando Bloom.
A cast for the TV series has not yet been announced.