Amazon's New Lord of The Rings Series Will Feature 'Previously Unexplored Stories'

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Earlier this month news broke that Amazon was in talks with the estate of author J.R.R. Tolkien to produce a TV series based on his epic Lord of the Rings saga.

Amazon Studios is teaming up with Tolkien's family estate, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros. Amazon said its adaptation will be set in Middle Earth, the land of humans, hobbits, elves and orcs, in the period before "The Fellowship of the Ring", and includes a potential spin-off series.

Given that Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy won a combined 17 Oscars and, when you throw in the three Hobbit movies, grossed almost $6 billion worldwide, you would think that the entertainment industry might be inclined to leave it way-more-than-well-enough alone.

Warner Bros.is working with Amazon to develop a Lord of the Rings TV series.

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The TV series will be a prequel to the J.R.R. Tolkien book The Fellowship of the Ring, and is based on new story lines. As part of the studio's commitment to new scripted content, Amazon have been picking up all sorts of adaptations of late.

It's probably more likely, the series will source material from The Silmarillion, the collection of unfinished Tolkien works published in 1977.

Regardless, the decision to take on perhaps the most beloved trilogy of novels and movies of all time is a huge calculated risk for Amazon.

The acquisition is seen as a major get for the streaming service, as Amazon competes with Netflix, Hulu and now Apple to find a series to rival HBO's powerhouse "Game of Thrones" fantasy series. Amazon has been pretty good about its Originals, but this will be an undertaking far beyond the scope of anything its studios and partners have yet attempted.

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