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 frontrunner for nabbing the show. As part of the studio’s commitment to new scripted content, Amazon have been picking up all sorts of adaptations of late.
Snow Crash and Ringworld TV shows are in the works, and last week brought word of Amazon ordering The Boys to series. These moves prove that the streaming service has an interest in turning popular comic, sci-fi, and fantasy stories into (potentially) the next big thing on television. 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.