Amazon & Netflix have been in a bidding war over the rights to J.R.R Tolkien’s Lord of The Rings. It was so much that HBO couldn’t afford it. now it’s happened, Amazon has won the battle, and the rights to make a Lord of the Rings TV series, giving it a “multi-season commitment,”
pros: Glorfindel & Tom Bombadil
cons: a lot
We might get a ‘Lord of the Rings’ TV show — because Hollywood can’t resist a reboot pic.twitter.com/cSDZ9hMwpT
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) November 9, 2017
Yes, that’s $200 million just for the rights, before any costs for development, talent, production, anything.
Not to mention that the budget for a series of this magnitude is around $100-$150 million per season. The series will explore story lines set before the events in the first LOTR novel, The Fellowship of the Ring. In other words: The war to destroy the One Ring as chronicled in Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning trilogy of films will not be told in the TV version. So this story is either set before The Hobbit or in between The Hobbit and LOTR.
The Internet is torn on whether this is good news, or news we should be throwing into the fires at Mount Doom.
— Nick Brisbon (@NBrisbon) November 13, 2017
unless 90% the lord of the rings tv show is just close ups of lee pace as thranduil straightening his hair then i don't want it
— georgia | semi-hiatus (@astudyinpinkk) November 13, 2017
Me: Hey we should have a LOTR marathon!!
Everyone else: Taylor you know each movie is 3 hours long so it would take-
— taylor gibson (@taylorcgibson) November 3, 2017
me, an intellectual: "lord of the rings would thrive with the right kind of treatment in a serial format"
me, in the grips of my lizard brain: "THEY'LL RUIN IT BURN IT DOWN"
— ❄️hannibal the cannibal❄️ (@gayjamesbond) November 13, 2017
Am I crazy or isn't The Hobbit the Lord of the Rings prequel? Don't we have that already? So confused right now. pic.twitter.com/p5bpOdXi9r
— BathroomTexting (@BathroomTexting) November 13, 2017
Amazon just bought series rights to Lord of the Rings. "Insane" gets thrown around a lot. In this case, it is not an overstatement. pic.twitter.com/36279tUgau
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) November 13, 2017
Are we finally going to get the Tom Bombadil spinoff the world has been breathlessly waiting for? Or maybe a police procedural starring the Rangers of the North? Or a sitcom about Butterbur at the Prancing Pony? Whatever the show may be, at least one thing is for sure—it’s going to cost a butt-ton of money.
As a wise man once wrote: “You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off…”