The Lord of the Rings TV series is officially moving forward at Amazon as a prequel that will span a number of seasons. Less than two weeks ago, word broke of a Lord of the Rings series in development from Warner Bros. Though it appeared to have been shopped around to numerous networks, Amazon was the front-runner for nabbing the show.
Naturally, a Lord of the Rings series would position Amazon to turn out their version of Game of Thrones thanks to the expansive universe of Tolkein’s work – and for fans worried the series would simply be a retread of the Peter Jackson films and/or Tolkien’s original books, that doesn’t appear to be the case.
Amazon Studios has officially ordered the Lord of the Rings TV show to series with a multi-season commitment. What’s more, the outlet indicates the show will be set before the events of The Fellowship of the Ring, the first installment in Tolkien’s Rings trilogy.
The news that the show will take place before Fellowship, and thus the first volume of the Rings trilogy, opens up the likelihood of new stories being told. Of course, the series could also take on the form of a straight-forward prequel that features younger versions of the various heroes from the Rings series. For now, however, the show’s plot and character details are being kept under-wraps.
Amazon’s multi-season commitment is certainly bold, but probably a necessary step to acquiring the hotly sought-after property. Given the breadth of Tolkien’s work, there’s no shortage of stories that a Lord of the Rings TV show could explore. There will be an option for a spinoff as well, meaning a story separate from the main saga could arrive if the main series is a hit. Knowing that, there’s a good chance the flagship series will touch on familiar plots and characters while also setting up a separate story for the spinoff.
But whether or not fans actually want a Lord of the Rings television series, they’re getting one. And before Amazon settles on what exactly it wants to tackle with the series, fans are getting their ideas in.
Really looking forward to Amazon's Lord of the Rings prequel series pic.twitter.com/dFxjMLJzMo
— Joe Fourhman (@fourhman) 13 November 2017
I only want a Lord of the Rings tv show if it's a CW show
— Jenny Nicholson (@JennyENicholson) 13 November 2017
tired: Lord of the Rings prequel means we're getting more bilbo
wired: Lord of the Rings prequel means we're getting the ballad of tom bombadil
— Rollin Bishop (@rollinbishop) 13 November 2017
Can the #LordOfTheRings tv series just be a ruse and it's actually Guillermo del Toro's lost The Hobbit movie? Please?
— Mark E Reilly (@ReillyAround) 13 November 2017
— Dan Casey (@DanCasey) 13 November 2017
— Todd VanDerTurkey (@tvoti) 13 November 2017
There’s no timeline set for the project, so for now fans will have to wait to see what else is in store.