A Lord of the Rings TV series could be in development, sources have claimed.
The Hollywood Reporter claimed that Warner Bros. Television is in talks with Amazon Studios about a potential Lord of the Rings TV series.
The potential TV series will the be the latest Lord of the Rings screen adaptation since the Hobbit prequel trilogy, which ended in 2014 with Battle of the Five Armies.
Despite the revelation that talks are taking place, very little is known about the plans for the series.
Whilst a new adaptation of the Lord of the Rings books is possible, a spin-off series is more likely due to the massive costs involved with making a new version of Peter Jackson's insanely successful film series.
The dispute about rights that has plagued the LOTR franchise also makes the move for a series more complicated, with the Tolkien estate previously suing over royalties from the films and his son being famously protective over the IP.
The recent Hobbit films were not well received, with fans claiming that the slim book should have been adapted into a single film.
The plan to stretch it out into a trilogy did however pay off for Warner Bros., with the 3 films grossing a total of nearly 3 billion dollars worldwide.
LOTR is one of the most beloved fantasy franchises possible, so it’ll be interesting to see how it could be tackled for TV.
Amazon has a host of original content on its Prime Video platform, though it has yet to flex its financial muscles in the same way as Netflix. A LOTR series could be its first super-budget series, rivalling the likes of House of Cards or Game of Thrones.
Source: Screen Rant