Amazon will broadcast its own The Lord of the Rings series from September 2, 2022 via its streaming service Prime Video. In 2017, the company announced that it had acquired the worldwide rights. There will be several seasons.
The series will be shown in 240 countries and territories where Prime Video is available, and a new episode will be released weekly. It has not yet been announced how many episodes the first season will contain. Amazon has previously indicated that there will be multiple seasons. Amazon shows an image of the series for the first time, but does not show a trailer yet.
The series takes place thousands of years before the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. According to one description, the series is about both familiar and new characters and their confrontation with the rise of evil in Middle-earth. The shooting for the first season has been completed, Amazon Studios reports in a press release. Amazon filmed in New Zealand.
In 2017, Amazon announced it had acquired the rights to create and broadcast a Lord of the Rings series worldwide. It is said to have cost $250 million. According to Variety, production will cost an additional $465 million for the first season. This makes the series much more expensive than, for example, Game of Thrones or The Mandalorian, which, according to the site, cost about $ 15 million per episode.
With the multimillion-dollar investments, Amazon wants to persuade more customers to purchase a Prime Video subscription, or to take out a Prime subscription for the web store. This also gives customers access to the video service. It is not known exactly how many Prime Video subscribers there are. Presenting its quarterly results early this year, then-CEO Jeff Bezos said “more than 175 million Amazon Prime users” had streamed a movie or series in the past year.
Lord of the Rings – Amazon Studios