Amazon manager discusses $ 465 million budget for the first season of The Lord of the Rings

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Last month it was revealed the first season of Amazon’s highly anticipated fantasy series Lord of the Rings The streaming service has cost about NZ $ 650 million – which translates to $ 465 million in US dollars, and while this may seem a bit exaggerated, an Amazon manager has addressed the reported budget.

“The market is crazy, as you saw with the Knives out deal [Netflix paid $469 million for two sequels]. This is a full season of a massive world-building show, ”said Amazon director Jennifer Salke during a discussion during a recent roundtable with Hollywood Reporter. “The song is a sexy headline or a crazy headline that’s fun to click on, but that’s really building the infrastructure of what will support the entire series. But it’s a crazy world and several people on this Zoom, mainly Bela and I, have been in bidding situations where it is starting to get incredibly high. There is a lot of imitation and we have to make decisions about where we want to stretch and where we want to draw the line. How many people have to watch Lord of the Rings? A lot (laughs). A massive global audience should see it as appointment television, and we’re pretty sure it will. “

While we’ll have to wait and see if the nearly half a billion dollars is justified and well spent when the first season releases, Amazon has actually spent a lot more of the real estate, having already paid out about $ 250 million to pick it up. the rights to JRR Tolkien’s book series.

Amazon’s Lord of the Rings is directed by Charlotte Brändström (The Witcher, Jupiter’s legacy) who will direct two episodes, JA Bayona (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) who will direct the first two episodes and British Chinese director Wayne Che Yip who will direct four episodes, while JD Payne and Patrick McKay will act as showrunners.

Amazon Studios’ upcoming series brings the heroic legends of the storied Second Age of Middle-earth’s history to screens for the first time. Set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, this epic drama takes viewers back to an era when great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell into disrepair, unlikely heroes became on the scene. tested, hope hung by the finest threads, and the greatest villain to ever flow from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover the whole world in darkness. Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows an ensemble of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared resurgence of evil in Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the elf capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the farthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live long after. They are gone.

Lord of the Rings Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Nazanin Boniadi, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, Daniel Weyman, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Maxim Baldry, Ian Blackburn, Kip Chapman, Anthony Crum, Maxine Cunliffe, Trystan Gravelle, Lenny Henry, Thusitha Jayasundera, Fabian McCallum, Simon Merrells, Geoff Morrell, Peter Mullan, Lloyd Owen, Augustus Prew, Peter Tait, Alex Tarrant, Leon Wadham, Benjamin Walker and Sara Pregnobani.

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