Amazon Reveals First Look At Its $465M Budget The Lord Of The Rings TV Series And Premiere Date

First Look At The Lord Of The Rings TV Series Revealed As Amazon’s $465M Budget Show Gets Premiere Date

Amazon Studios announced Monday begins ‘a new journey’ with its self-titled prequel series based on The Lord of the Rings, which premieres on September 2, 2022.

The streaming giant also revealed the show’s first image set in Middle-earth’s Second Age of a mysterious character wearing a cape gazing at a castle.

Showrunners JD Payne and Patrick McKay reportedly completed the eight-episode first season in New Zealand in April on a budget of $465, and there are plans for four additional seasons.

Exciting! Amazon Studios announced Monday that “a new journey begins” with its self-titled prequel series based on The Lord of the Rings, which premieres September 2, 2022.

Closer: The streaming giant also revealed the show's first image set in Middle-earth's Second Age of a mysterious character wearing a cape gazing at a castle

Closer: The streaming giant also revealed the show's first image set in Middle-earth's Second Age of a mysterious character wearing a cape gazing at a castle

Closer: The streaming giant also revealed the show’s first image set in Middle-earth’s Second Age of a mysterious character wearing a cape gazing at a castle

Overall, the five-season production deal cost Amazon an eye-watering $1 billion, making history as the most expensive TV series ever made — according to THR.

In contrast, HBO usually paid $100 million per season of its hit show Game of Thrones.

The cast of the ensemble is largely unknown, with Morfydd Clark (His Dark Materials) replacing two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett as the royal immortal Elf, Galadriel.

“I cannot express enough how excited we are all to be taking our global audience on a new and epic journey through Middle-earth!” Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke said in a statement.

On-set snap: Showrunners JD Payne and Patrick McKay reportedly wrapped up the eight-episode first season on a budget of $465 in New Zealand in April, and there are plans for four more seasons

On-set snap: Showrunners JD Payne and Patrick McKay reportedly wrapped up the eight-episode first season on a budget of $465 in New Zealand in April, and there are plans for four more seasons

On-set snap: Showrunners JD Payne and Patrick McKay reportedly wrapped up the eight-episode first season on a budget of $465 in New Zealand in April, and there are plans for four more seasons

One ring to rule them all: Overall, the five-season production deal cost Amazon a dazzling $1 billion, making history as the most expensive TV series ever made

One ring to rule them all: Overall, the five-season production deal cost Amazon a dazzling $1 billion, making history as the most expensive TV series ever made

One ring to rule them all: Overall, the five-season production deal cost Amazon a dazzling $1 billion, making history as the most expensive TV series ever made

The cast of the ensemble is largely unknown, with Morfydd Clark (pictured April 7) replacing two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett as the royal immortal Elf, Galadriel

The cast of the ensemble is largely unknown, with Morfydd Clark (pictured April 7) replacing two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett as the royal immortal Elf, Galadriel

Cate Blanchett portrayed as Galadriel in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

Cate Blanchett portrayed as Galadriel in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

Newcomers: The cast of the ensemble is largely unknown, with Morfydd Clark (L) replacing two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett (R) as the royal immortal Elf, Galadriel

Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke (pictured in 2019) said in a statement, “I can’t express enough how excited we are all to take our global audience on a new and epic journey through Middle-earth!”

“Our talented producers, cast, creative and production teams have worked tirelessly in New Zealand to bring this unprecedented and awe-inspiring vision to life.”

The epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of the films The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Peter Jackson’s beloved original trilogy garnered 17 Oscars and $2.991 billion at the worldwide box office, while the Hobbit trilogy made $2.931 billion at the box office, with far less critical acclaim.

It grew out of the classic fantasy novels The Fellowship of the Ring (1954), The Two Towers (1954), and The Return of the King (1955), written by JRR Tolkien.

“Hail from Middle-earth!” The epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings films (director Charlotte Brändström pictured May 13)

Classics: Peter Jackson's beloved original trilogy garnered 17 Oscars and $2.991 billion at the worldwide box office, while the Hobbit trilogy made $2.931 billion at the box office with far less critical acclaim

Classics: Peter Jackson's beloved original trilogy garnered 17 Oscars and $2.991 billion at the worldwide box office, while the Hobbit trilogy made $2.931 billion at the box office with far less critical acclaim

Classics: Peter Jackson’s beloved original trilogy garnered 17 Oscars and $2.991 billion at the worldwide box office, while the Hobbit trilogy made $2.931 billion at the box office with far less critical acclaim

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