Yesterday afternoon, Variety broke the news that Warner Bros. and The Tolkein estate have been quietly shopping around a television series based on J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings book series, and after significant interest from multiple parties, Amazon has emerged as the front runner for the series’ home. Talks are still early and no deal is in place; however, the pursuit of “The Lord of the Rings” is in line with the new programming mandate set this year by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who is reportedly “personally involved in the negotiations” for the series.
The Lord of the Rings was first published over the course of a year from July 1954 to October 1955 and would go on to become one of the best selling novels ever written. Filmmaker Peter Jackson adapted the series into three feature films released in 2001, 2002, and 2003, which combined would go on to gross over $2.9 billion with 30 Academy Award nominations between the three films, including 17 wins; Jackson would go on to adapt Tolkein’s The Hobbit as three feature films, released in 2012, 2013, and 2014. The six films combined have brought in a mind-blowing $5.8 billion at the global box office.