The Lord of the Rings is heading to TV, per The Hollywood Reporter.
Warner Bros. Television is in the preliminary stages of discussions for a TV series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic trilogy of books. Warner Bros. was also behind Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of the trilogy that included The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King.
THR also reports that Amazon Studios is the potential buyer of the project, though both Amazon Studios and Warner Bros. Television decline comment.
Apparently THR‘s sources stress that said deal for a LOTR TV series is far from a done deal. Talks are supposedly focusing on rights issues with the Tolkien estate, as the estate and Warner Bros settled an $80 million lawsuit just four months ago after a five-year lawsuit relating to royalties.
The project has yet to even attach a writer.
As with HBO’s TV adaptation of Watchman that is coming together, it seems a little premature to reboot The Lord of the Rings, even in a different medium. The original release dates for Jackson’s trilogy were Fellowship in 2001, Two Towers in 2002, and The Return of the King in 2003, followed by the prequel Hobbit trilogy that started in 2013. One assumes the success of Game of Thrones has lead Warner Bros to return to the multi-billion-dollar worldwide franchise.
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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter