Even the dragon Smog would envy the wealth that would go to make the series “Lord of the Rings”.
The first season of Amazon Studios’ production alone will cost nearly $ 465 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The initial information about the series, inspired by the work of writer JRR Tolkien, was that “several” of its seasons will cost a record 500 million. Obviously, however, almost as much will go to creating only the first season.
By comparison, HBO’s fantasy epic Game of Thrones cost about $ 100 million to make in one season. The cost of an episode started from about 6 million for the first season to 15 million for the eighth.
“What I can say is that Amazon will spend about 650 million [новозеландски долари] only for the first season [на “Властелинът на пръстените”]. It’s fantastic, it’s really … It’s going to be the biggest series ever made, “Stuart Nash, New Zealand’s Minister of Economic Development and Tourism, where the show is being filmed, told the local Morning Report.
The impressive amount that will be invested in the series was previously revealed in government documents.
It is also clear from them that Amazon Studios plans to shoot five seasons of “The Lord of the Rings” in New Zealand.
Moreover – it is possible to get to the photos of the as yet unannounced spinoff of the future series.
It should be noted that the future seasons of “The Lord of the Rings” will probably not cost as much as the first. However, this impressive amount includes all the costs of recreating Tolkien’s magical world – sets, costumes, weapons, etc., which will then be used in the coming seasons.
Amazon acquired the rights to film Tolkien’s work in 2017. It was quickly estimated that the series they were planning could be the first in history to cost more than $ 1 billion when the cost of its creation, the money paid, was added up. for rights, and marketing costs of several seasons.
And what will it be about in the series “The Lord of the Rings”?
For the first time, “heroic legends” from the Second Age in the history of Middle-earth will be shown on the screen. The action of the series takes place thousands of years before what happened in “The Hobbit” and the movie trilogy “The Lord of the Rings”.
Amazon Studios says the series will “take viewers to an era in which great powers are forged, kingdoms rise to greatness and then fail, unexpected characters are put to the test, hope hangs in the balance,” and the greatest villain, created by Tolkien, “threatens to cover the world with darkness.”
The action in the series will begin in a moment of apparent peace and will follow new and familiar characters who face the rise of evil in Middle-earth.
The second era, which will be considered in the series, actually ends with the Last Alliance of Humans and Elves, which defeats Sauron – the opening scene of the movie “The Fellowship of the Ring”.
In the series for the first time on the screen we will see some legendary places from the works of Tolkien, such as the island kingdom of Numenor, which is only briefly mentioned in the films of Peter Jackson.
The filming of “The Lord of the Rings” is currently underway in New Zealand, and the premiere is expected this year.