The Amazon Prime Video series inspired by the fantasy novels The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, by JRR Tolkien, already has a release date, but we will have to be patient: it will be the September 2, 2022.
The date was announced after the filming of the fiction, which has not yet defined a title, concluded in New Zealand. As anticipated by Amazon, it will relate the “legendary Second Age of Middle-earth history.”
How will the series be
The Lord of the Rings will be a series. Photo EFE
In that way, the story takes place thousands of years before the events of Tolkien’s famous adventure plays. It will follow new and familiar characters as they confront the “feared revival of evil in Middle-earth,” a moment in history that has yet to be seen on screen, the streaming service said.
As anticipated by the production itself, the series “will take viewers into an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose in glory and fell into ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung from the finest of the threads and the greatest villain to come out of Tolkien’s pen threatens to lead the whole world into darkness“.
The production will present characters who starred in the birth of important kingdoms and dark powers that spread and marked the future of that fictional world. Everything indicates that characters who already appeared in the trilogy directed by Peter Jackson and are familiar to fans of the saga, will be present on the screen.
Specifically, both Elrond and Galadriel and Celeborn will be alive by that time, as their history dates back to the First Age. However for now its appearance on the strip is just a question mark.
Elijah Wood in “The Lord of the Rings”.
Among the most expensive in history
So far, Amazon confirmed that the cast will include Robert Aramayo (Game of Thrones), Owain Arthur (Kingdom), Nazanin Boniadi (Counterpart), Ismael Cruz Córdova (The Catch), Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Morfydd Clark, Sophia Nomvete, and Lloyd Owen.
The showrunners of the series will be JD Payne and Patrick McKay, while the general producer is the Spanish Juan Antonio Bayona (The orphanage, The impossible), who also directed a couple of chapters.
The first season of fiction, which will have eight episodes, will be released in more than 200 countries, and was filmed in New Zealand. That is to say, the same territory that the director Peter Jackson, born in that country, had chosen to film the cinematographic trilogies of The Lord of the rings and The Hobbit.
Hobbiton, the natural set created for the filming of The Lord of the Rings.
The first season of the series cost about 470 million dollars. According to existing data, such an investment places the production on the podium of the most expensive in history, with plenty of arguments that would allow it to reach its highest step, above several of the tanks produced in that format.
The data was known through the publication of the Official Information Act of the Government of New Zealand, the country in which the strip is being shot, and was later confirmed by staff from the press area.
In addition, the documents indicated that among Amazon’s plans with this project is the possibility of carrying out four other seasons of the series in that country.
Gollum, one of the iconic characters from the Lord of the Rings.
In comparison, the huge number far exceeds other productions of the fantasy genre, such as the hit game of Thrones, which had an average investment of about 100 million dollars per season, while each of the six episodes of the last installment reached a cost of 15 million.
However, it must be taken into account that part of the budget for this first part includes the acquisition by Amazon in 2017 of the rights to the story created by JRR Tolkien, which were worth about 250 million dollars.