Lord of the Rings may be one hell of a get from Amazon, but there’s no doubt that they paid up the wazoo to make it happen. Based on reports, they could have paid around $250 million just for the rights to make the new series for their streaming platform. Add in the around $250 million or more to actually produce a few seasons of the show, and you have quite the expensive show on your hands.
But even that’s not enough to really drive the point home of how much is riding on this film, but there is the extra stipulation that the show needs to hit production in two years. But will it make it in front of cameras in two years? Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke is not only confident to say yes, but actually even gave an idea of when we can expect it on TV.
“It’ll be in production in two years; [on the air in] 2021 is the hope. But there are other people who wish it was 2020.”
So if you’re doing the math, it sounds like it’ll be, at most, a few years until the series hits Amazon’s streaming platform. However, should they play their cards right, it may hit sooner rather than later. While 2020 may seem overly-ambitious, they only signed the deal a month or so again. That means they still have about 23 months to make this happen. If they hit production in January of 2020, it’s still possible for them to throw it before the end of the year, and comfortably by 2021.
The big question here, however, will be if it’ll be any good. We’ve seen this franchise realized on the big screen once already, and to call it iconic would be quite the understatement. They’ll have a lot to live up to.
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