Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings TV Show Budget Is Insanely High for Just One Season

Amazon’s upcoming TV sequence based mostly on Lord of the Rings goes to run the studio again about $465 for one single season. Perhaps hoping to compete with the success of Peter Jackson’s unique film trilogy, Amazon Studios is seemingly going all-in with the company reportedly spending round NZ$650 million, or $465 million in U.S. forex, for simply the present’s first season.

This tremendously excessive price ticket is even above the previously-reported estimate of $500 million for a number of seasons of the present, a quantity that was already record-setting. By comparability, the costly medieval fantasy sequence Game of Thrones had value HBO roughly $100 million per season. That present had begun with round $6 million put into every episode for season 1, adopted with GoT costing round $15 million per episode by the eighth and last season. That’s clearly a lot of money, but it surely nonetheless pales compared to Amazon Studios’ funds for The Lord of the Rings.

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“What I can tell you is Amazon is going to spend about $650 million in season one alone,” Stuart Nash, New Zealand Minister for Economic Development and Tourism, reportedly informed Morning Report. “This is fantastic, it really is … this will be the largest television series ever made.”

Amazon picked up the world TV rights to The Lord of the Rings again in 2017. At the time, it was reported that the plan was to develop a multi-season sequence consisting of new tales set earlier than The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings tales. Full particulars on the plot of the sequence are nonetheless unclear, but it surely appears apparent that Amazon has very excessive hopes for the success of the present. A large funds will definitely enhance the odds of changing into successful, however followers will nonetheless want a well-crafted story and likeable characters to maintain individuals watching.

Production on The Lord of the Rings is at present underway in New Zealand. The first season will reportedly consist of 20 episodes written by the writing duo of JD Payne and Patrick McKay. J.A. Bayona (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) will direct the present’s first two episodes and also will function an govt producers alongside Belén Atienza. Also govt producing are Lindsey Weber, Bruce Richmond, Gene Kelly, and Sharon Tal Yguado, in addition to writers Gennifer Hutchison, Jason Cahill, and Justin Doble.

“They’re already generating really exciting material,” Amazon Studios chief Jennifer Salke beforehand informed THR of the present’s writers. “They’re down in Santa Monica. You have to go through such clearance, and they have all their windows taped closed. And there’s a security guard that sits outside, and you have to have a fingerprint to get in there, because their whole board is up on a thing of the whole season.”

The Lord of the Rings sequence will star Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Maxim Baldry, Ian Blackburn, Kip Chapman, Anthony Crum, Maxine Cunliffe, Trystan Gravelle, Sir Lenny Henry, Thusitha Jayasundera, Fabian McCallum, Simon Merrells,​ Geoff Morrell, Peter Mullan, Lloyd Owen, Augustus Prew, Peter Tait, Alex Tarrant, Leon Wadham, Benjamin Walker, and Sara Zwangobani.

Amazon hasn’t but set a launch date for The Lord of the Rings TV sequence on Amazon Prime Video. If we’re fortunate, the sequence will debut earlier than the finish of the year. This information involves us from The Hollywood Reporter.

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