“I wisely started with a map” — J.R.R. Tolkien. Amazon Prime Video today kicked off the promotions for its upcoming series with a Lord of the Rings map of Middle-earth. You can explore the interactive map by clicking here! The series also launched on social channels, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
The streaming service previously announced that JD Payne and Patrick McKay (Star Trek 4, Jungle Cruise) were hired as The Lord of the Rings writers. Amazon hopes to have the project ready for a debut by 2021.
“The rich world that J.R.R. Tolkien created is filled with majesty and heart, wisdom and complexity,” Payne and McKay said. “We are absolutely thrilled to be partnering with Amazon to bring it to life anew. We feel like Frodo, setting out from the Shire, with a great responsibility in our care — it is the beginning of the adventure of a lifetime.”
Amazon acquired the global television rights to The Lord of the Rings, based on the celebrated fantasy novels by J.R.R. Tolkien, with a multi-season commitment. The upcoming Amazon Prime Original will be produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment.
“The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, Head of Scripted Series, Amazon Studios. “We are honored to be working with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line on this exciting collaboration for television and are thrilled to be taking The Lord of the Rings fans on a new epic journey in Middle Earth.”
Set in Middle Earth, the television adaptation will explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring. The deal includes a potential additional spin-off series.
It is not known if The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies director, Peter Jackson, will have any role in the series.