Lord of the Rings TV series coming to Amazon Prime

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Amazon is planning a "Lord of the Rings" TV series, but although J.R.R. Tolkien fans are probably rejoicing, it could be a risk for the corporate goliath. This "huge" (as a certain President Trump might say) deal also incorporates spin-off TV shows.

With its fantastical setting and characters, The Lord Of The Rings bears a superficial resemblance to HBO's Game Of Thrones, now one of the biggest shows in the world. The company is partnering with New Line Cinema, the film company behind the much-loved trilogy that was first released in 2001.

The Amazon Prime Video adaptation will focus on new stories in a prequel to The Fellowship of the Ring, the first of three fantasy novels in Tolkien's beloved Rings series.

The new multi-season series is Amazon's attempt to find its own mega-show like "Game of Thrones, said Sharon Tal Yguado, the head of scripted series at Amazon Studios. We are honoured to be working with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line on this exciting collaboration for television and are thrilled to be taking The Lord of the Rings fans on a new epic journey in Middle Earth".

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The Lord of the Rings TV series was also confirmed by Matt Galsor, a representative for the Tolkien estate and trust.

According to Deadline, Amazon has reportedly paid close to $250 million (about Rs. 1,633 crores) for the global rights to the Lord of the Rings.

Whether or not the new multi-season series will live up to the benchmark that Jackson left for the saga that shook up Middle-Earth remains to be seen.

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