Tolkien fans take notice.
Amazon has made it official guys! Sources also add that, if the series gets the expected number of views, there might also be a spinoff which will deviate from the main storyline.
The online retailers/Hollywood Studio has announced that it has succeeded in acquiring the global television rights to the iconic Lord of the Rings franchise and that they will be making a multiple season TV shows.
The estate, HarperCollins and the films' distributor New Line Cinema will help Amazon produce the television series.
However, fans anxious that the TV show will attempt to retell the story need not be concerned; the series will instead "explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring", and will therefore be set before the events from the Oscar-winning trilogy.
"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. "Sharon and the team at Amazon Studios have exceptional ideas to bring to the screen previously unexplored stories based on J.R.R. Tolkien's original writings". The original trilogy starred Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Sean Bean, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom-no word yet if any of the original cast will be asked to be in the Amazon series. That was followed up by two epic features, The Two Towers and Return of the King, not to mention director Peter Jackson's subsequent three-film series adapting Tolkien's other masterpiece The Hobbit.
This is an unbelievably massive project for Amazon.
The Tolkien Estate had also approached Netflix and HBO, according to Hollywood entertainment website Deadline, which reported the deal came with an eye-watering upfront rights payment of around $200 million.
Whenever Amazon's Lord of the Rings series arrives, it will be available exclusively to Prime members.