J. R. R. Tolkien's high-fantasy novel, Lord of The Rings, was catapulted into big-screen stardom when it was adapted into a film series back in 2001. There's no doubt that Peter Jackson's film adaptations have garnered signification critical acclaim. And now, 6 movies and twenty-one Oscars later, fans of the adventure series can expect to be returning to Middle Earth pretty soon.
Amazon has acquired the mammoth task of creating an eagerly-anticipated Lord of the Rings TV series, set before the events of Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit.
But, as new details surface around the upcoming project, we've learned more about the show's casting process and if you've wanted to live your dreams as an actor, then keep scrolling because they might just have a spot for you on the team...
The Lord of The Rings hit bookshelves in 1954.
It's one of the best selling novels ever written.
As you'd expect, it was only a matter of time before the highly successful franchise was snapped up for the big screen.
via: imdbDirector, Peter Jackson, started planning the movies in 1995, and the first film hit the box office 6 years later.
It tells the story of a hobbit who, along with 8 companions, sets out on a journey to destroy One Ring...
via: imdbDark Lord Sauron created the powerful weapon that dominates all other rings.
The ring is lost for 2,500 years until it is found by Gollum, who owns it for 5 centuries...Through a strange twist of fate, the ring is given to a small Hobbit named Frodo. But, when Gandalf discovers the Ring is the One Ring of the Dark Lord Sauron, Frodo embarks on an epic quest to Mount Doom to destroy it.
The movie was a cinematic success.It grossed a whopping $2.919 billion at the box office, so, of course, 2 more movies were to follow. The Two Towers hit screens in 2002, followed by The Return of the King in 2003.
And of course, it wasn't long before The Hobbit got the big-screen treatment too.
via: imdbThe prequel franchise, once again directed and produced by Peter Jackson, is made up of 3 movies, hitting screens in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
It's a well-loved franchise...
via: imdbSo fans will be delighted to hear that we're set to return to Middle Earth once again, as a Lord of The Rings tv-series is officially in the works.
The series is being created courtesy of Amazon Studios.
via: imdbThe company signed a reported $250m rights contract in November 2017 with Tolkien's estate, publisher HarperCollins, and New Line Cinema to produce a multi-season show for the small screen.
The company battled streaming giant, Netflix, for the rights.
via: imdbBut, it seems Amazon has come out on top - scoring one of the biggest TV deals of 2017 in which 5 seasons of the upcoming series has been secured.
But, the company must begin production within 2 years to adhere to the pact.A recent update from Amazon exec. Jennifer Salke shed some light on the exciting upcoming series: “All of us would love a big, addictive show that is executed at the top of its game." Salke suggested. “We’re really excited about Lord of the Rings. Despite all the chatter about it, the deal just closed a month ago." “It’ll be in production in two years; [but] 2021 is the hope," she explained.
The project has been given the largest budget in television history...According to The Hollywood Reporter, the budget is set to be at least $1 billion.
New Zealand has officially been confirmed as the filming location for the series.
via: imdbShowrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, said that New Zealand was the perfect place to reflect the “primordial beauty of the Second Age of Middle Earth." “We knew we needed to find somewhere majestic, with pristine coasts, forest, and mountains, that is also home to world-class sets, studios and highly skilled and experienced craftspeople and other staff. “And we’re happy to officially confirm New Zealand as our home for our series."