Amazon is going to Middle-earth. In November 2017, it acquired the rights to J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous literary world, which is home to The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, to the tune of $250 million for just the rights. It reportedly expects to spend upwards of a billion dollars on at least five seasons of the show.
The show will also apparently fit in with Peter Jackson’s two trilogies. Amazon’s acquisition gives it a huge boost in the world of streaming television, especially as Netflix, Apple, and Disney make their own giant shows.
Follow along for all of the developments, updates, and commentary for the show.
You know the Rings of Power
Middle-earth is shifting to the other side of Earth
So that’s why Smaug wanted all that gold
A ‘never before seen story’ in Middle-earth
Two writers to rule them all
Amazon reportedly has to begin production by 2019
Enough of Martin and Tolkien — there are other great books to adapt
Just in case the movies didn’t do it for you
We can hear the pitch now: “It’s like Game of the Thrones, only with a series of books that are actually finished.”
Adaptations of Ringworld, Snow Crash, and Lazarus