The series "The Lord of the Rings" will be the most expensive in the history of cinema

In November 2017, it became known that the legendary Tolkien saga will gain a new life - or rather, another adaptation for the screen, this time in the form of a series.

And recently it turned out that Amazon had bought the rights to adapt the series for a record $ 250 million - and plans to spend as much on production of the first two seasons. Thus, the series will be the most expensive in the history of filming - including more expensive than the "Game of Thrones."

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The company launched its own filmmaking department in 2010 and managed to shoot several popular TV series, including Mozart in the Jungle and Man in High Castle.

Last November, the head of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, tweeted a press release in which he announced plans to film the series based on Tolkien’s popular fantasy series.

Amazon Prime heads to Middle Earth.https://t.co/QowUmf8t3S pic.twitter.com/YVciEX3u2t

- Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) November 13, 2017

Jeff Bezos: "" Amazon goes to Middle-earth. "

Original trilogy

Map of Middle-earth

In a press release, the company notes that it does not plan to repeat the famous trilogy "The Lord of the Rings" or "The Hobbit" - because they have already been successfully filmed by director Peter Jackson. Instead, the scriptwriters plan to use the extensive material from Tolkien’s fantasy universe, including the one described in the book The Silmarillion, to create an original storyline.

The Silmarillion is presented as a collection of myths and legends of Middle-earth, which describe the history of Arda (Earth in Tolkien’s universe) from the time of its creation from the point of view of the Valar and the Elves. If in “The Lord of the Rings” the action takes place at the end of the third - the beginning of the fourth epoch of Middle-earth, the Silmarillion tells about events from the creation of the world to the end of the third epoch. Probably from the new series, you can expect a kind of prequel to the events shown in the films of Peter Jackson.

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