Amazon to produce the world's most expensive TV show ever
In a bid to produce a show like Game of Thrones, Amazon may reportedly end up spending over $1 billion for the TV adaptation of 'Lord of the Rings.' Last year, Amazon out-spent Netflix in bidding wars to win the rights to turn the best-selling novels into a TV series for its video platform, Amazon Prime. Here are the details.
Amazon's 'Lord of the Rings' beats Netflix's 'The Crown'
With $1 billion production cost, Amazon's 'Lord of the Rings' will beat Netflix's 'The Crown' to become the world's most expensive TV show ever. According to TIME, the first season of 'The Crown' cost Netflix about $130 million.
Amazon looks to incorporate Peter Jackson and his Middle-earth
Amazon is reportedly planning to sign Peter Jackson, the guy who translated Tolkein's adventure-fantasy epic into two trilogies - Lord of the Rings and Hobbit. Amazon may also incorporate Jackson's Middle-earth elements as seen in his 'Lord of the Rings' series as it looks to "explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring," while adding some spin-off to the series.
Exit Game of Thrones, Enter Amazon's Lord of the Rings
So far, it's not yet clear when you can stream this show on Amazon Prime. However, as part of the deal, Amazon must start production within the next two years. What this means is, by the time Amazon will premier its first season of 'Lord of the Rings', HBO's blockbuster 'Game of Thrones' will be over- say by late 2019 or early 2020.
Peter Jackson's blockbuster 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy
Peter Jackson's 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy made $2.917 billion worldwide (not adjusted for inflation). Moreover, the final part of the trilogy (released in 2003), The Return of the King, received 11 Oscars, winning awards for all its nominations.