Amazon is looking for a Frodo – and Gandalf, and more than a few Hobbits.
The internet giant announced Monday it is planning to make “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy into a television series.
Amazon said it has made a “multi-season” commitment to adapting the celebrated fantasy novels by J.R.R. Tolkien.
“’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, in a statement.
“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 the fantasy realm of Middle Earth, the television adaptation will explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s first book in the trilogy, “The Fellowship of the Ring. The deal includes a potential additional spin-off series.
The theatrical adaptations from New Line Cinema and director Peter Jackson earned a combined gross of nearly $6 billion worldwide with Elijah Wood as Frodo and Ian McKellen as Gandalf. The new series will be available for Amazon Prime members to stream.
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