It appears that Amazon wants to beat HBO by taking a page out of their playbook. Amazon wants to have their own Medieval Europe-esque fantasy TV show like Game of Thrones and would like to do so by creating a The Lord of the Rings TV series. Amazon Studios are in talks with Warner Bros. Television and the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien to develop a LOTR TV series.
The Tolkien estate is shopping a series adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and Amazon is said to be the frontrunner to land the coveted entertainment property. The negotiations are said to be in “very early stages,” but Amazon is said to be heavily interested and are putting on a full-court press to land the fantasy TV show. Even Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is said to be involved in the negotiations to acquire Frodo Baggins and the gang. However, other televisions networks have been pitched the show including Netflix. HBO is reportedly out of the running for the show.
To get the LOTR TV show will not come cheap. Reports are that the Tolkien Estate expects to sell the television right for $200-250 million. However, the Tolkien Estate will not give away the entire franchise. They are said the TV series will not include all of the characters from the epic Middle-earth story. Any network would welcome a property that is so popular, so beloved, and automatically comes with a humungous built-in audience. Added bonus: The Lord of the Rings books are already written so there’s no waiting for the author to finish writing the ending.