Amazon’s upcoming Lord of the Rings TV series has finally given us some solid new information about the small-screen take on J.R.R. Tolkien’s iconic Middle-earth.
Courtesy of Deadline, it’s been revealed that The Orphanage and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’s J.A. Bayona is to direct the first two episodes of the show and will serve as executive producer on the offering.
On this news, Bayona enthused, “J.R.R. Tolkien created one of the most extraordinary and inspiring stories of all time, and as a lifelong fan it is an honour and a joy to join this amazing team. I can’t wait to take audiences around the world to Middle-earth and have them discover the wonders of the Second Age, with a never before seen story.”
Writing duo JD Payne and Patrick McKay are serving as showrunners on the series and are on writing duties along with Game of Thrones’ Bryan Cogman. The early word is that the show will have an expected budget of $500 million as it looks to explore original stories set in Tolkien’s world.
To give some perspective on that budget, that’s essentially double the budget that was afforded to Peter Jackson’s entire Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Expect more on this show as we get it.