The team behind Amazon’s pricey new The Lord Of The Rings TV series are about to start shooting its first two episodes over in New Zealand, the modern home of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth, but after production on those two episodes is done and dusted, the writers will take a 4-5 month break.
If this seems like odd timing, Deadline confirms that the reason for the extended break is for work to begin on planning out a second season. It also gives the producers and executives a chance to “step back and evaluate the footage much like they would do with a pilot” and perhaps there will then be an opportunity to film season 1 and 2 back-to-back, if things are running smoothly and everyone’s happy with the direction of the series.
Amazon Studios acquired the rights to The Lord Of The Rings in 2017 for a reported $1 billion+ price tag, but boss Jennifer Salke only confirmed that season 2 is in the works for the streaming service this week, with showrunners and executive producers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay currently working on the first season. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom director J.A. Bayona will helm the first two episodes.
Not much is known about Amazon’s The Lord Of The Rings TV series, as details are being kept tightly under wraps, but the story is rumoured to follow events that take place before Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring. Will Poulter, Markella Kavenagh and Joseph Mawle will star, but again nothing has been revealed about their characters.
There’s also the possibility that if Amazon isn’t happy with these first two episodes, some major cast and crew changes could be afoot – it’s likely the studio will want to get this right after paying so much money for The Lord Of The Rings, and keen eyes will have acknowledged that some very public fallout from the arguably disappointing final season of HBO’s flagship fantasy series, Game Of Thrones, is still ongoing.
Amazon has not set a release date for the first season of The Lord Of The Rings, but we’ll keep you posted.