Is the new Lord of the Rings TV series going to cost Amazon $500 million?

We were a little (actually, kind of a lot) sceptical when the news of a Lord of the Rings TV series was announced, but it seems Amazon don’t share our doubts.

Because apparently they’re going to put loads more money into it than we expected.

Rather than dwell on what this money can achieve, we’ll just present what we know, which is that Amazon are more than prepared to splash the cash when it comes to LOTR.

The streaming giant is reported to have spent $250 million on the rights to JRR Tolkien’s famous trilogy alone, and now a report from Reuters suggests that figure could double.

According to the report, the cost of Lord of the Rings‘ production and marketing would see Amazon’s initial bill of $250m double to $500m – and that’s just for two seasons.

It’s worth noting that Peter Jackson’s big-screen trilogy ‘only’ needed a $280 million budget to succeed.

Despite the deal Amazon struck with Tolkien’s estate, New Line and publishers Harper Collins, some of the LOTR trilogy’s original stars are not happy about the planned series.

Although the show is set to be a prequel to The Fellowship of the Ring, John Rhys-Davies (aka Gimli) is ‘baffled’ by the idea. “I mean, poor Tolkien must be spinning in his grave,” he said.

Samwise Gamgee himself, Sean Astin, doesn’t seem too convinced by Amazon’s plans either, revealing that the idea of a reboot “didn’t even occur” to him.

Recalling his reaction when he heard the news, Astin said: “I just sort of thought, ‘What would it be like to see the next Sam there? How would they do it? How? Who?'”

All good questions that will be answered in time, Samwise.

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