Last November, Amazon announced that it had acquired the rights to produce a multisectorial show set in J.R.R. The Middle Earth of Tolkien. The Hollywood Reporter now says that the Amazon show could include material from the Lord of the Rings trilogies and Peter Jackson's Hobbit and that it should go into production "in two years."
As the competition for high-quality television content has heated up among streaming services, Amazon has been on the hunt for big and ambitious television projects to keep pace with Netflix, as well as the upcoming mobile platforms. Apple and Disney broadcast. Their acquisition of the Lord of the Rings franchise gives them an enormously successful and recognizable property. According to reports, Amazon defeated Netflix for rights and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, expects to spend around one billion dollars on the program over the five seasons it has been committed to.
Amazon can incorporate a world already ingrained in the minds of audiences
One of the disadvantages of acquiring a large property is simply that: because it is so enormously recognizable and successful, a new version will make fans wonder why the company could not go well enough alone. By reaching an agreement that includes New Line Cinemas and Warner Bros., Amazon seems to avoid these concerns, allowing it to incorporate elements of the world that Jackson already left engraved in the minds of film audiences. Amazon said the project "will explore new arguments that precede J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring," in addition to a potential series of spin-offs.
The Middle Earth of Tolkien is known for its size and its rich history, which will give Amazon a lot of material to work in the expansion of the world that Jackson made in his two trilogies. In fact, Jackson's Hobbit trilogy went far beyond adapting his homonymous novel, expanding the story to provoke the conflict we saw presented in his trilogy The Lord of the Rings. Despite its high price, Amazon seems to be making a sure bet by buying not only Tolkien's world, but also Jackson's.
THR reports that Jackson's involvement in the project is uncertain, but Jackson's attorney described the deal as a "creature of the times" and said Amazon is "taking a page out of the emphasis of the studies on the franchises." In a world where Disney has established impressive interconnected franchises with its Marvel and Star Wars properties, and HBO is considering between three and five spin-offs for Game of Thrones, Middle Earth could be a property that gives Amazon a significant boost in the next transmission wars, one that could attract more people to sign up for Amazon's Prime service.