The e-commerce giant Amazon, the Warner Bros. studio. and the heirs of writer JRR Tolkien began negotiations to develop a possible television series on the universe of “The Lord of the Rings,” the “Variety” website said on Friday.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos would be involved in these conversations that are still in the initial phase.
Warner Bros., the studio that successfully brought the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy to the movies, and Tolkien’s heirs tested different companies about a possible series, and so far Amazon has been a favorite.
However, the specialized website “Deadline” stated that Netflix and HBO were also probed.
The same website said that the agreement for series rights alone, not counting the costs of developing and producing the television show, could cost between $ 200 and $ 250 million.
Composed by the films “The Fellowship of the Ring” (2001), “The Two Towers” (2002) and “The Return of the King” (2003), Peter Jackson’s trilogy of “Lord of the Rings” a major critics and public success, and raised worldwide $ 2.912 billion, according to the specialized website “Box Office Mojo.”
In addition, “Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” won 11 Oscars, matching “Ben-Hur” (1959) and “Titanic” (1997) as Academy Award-winning entries.
A series of “Lord of the Rings” would be a big bet for Amazon Studios, which is going through a very delicate time after its chairman, Roy Price, resigned last month after being accused of sexual harassment.