It’s been revealed Amazon’s first The Lord of the Rings season will cost more than Avengers: Infinity War with a huge price tag of $465 million.
Filming on The Lord of the Rings series from Amazon is underway in New Zealand, where the Peter Jackson films were also famously filmed. The series is said to take place during the Second Age of Middle-Earth’s history, thousands of years before the events of The Hobbit. Recently, New Zealand minister for economic development and tourism Stuart Nash revealed the massive budget to Morning Report that will trump Avengers: Infinity War:
“What I can tell you is Amazon is going to spend about $650 million in season one alone. This is fantastic, it really is … this will be the largest television series ever made.”
$650 million is around $465 million in U.S. dollars. For reference, Avengers: Infinity War cost $316 million, while shows like The Mandalorian, Game of Thrones, and Marvel Studios’ shows cost around $100 million per season. The budget for The Lord of the Rings series easily makes it the most expensive show ever made, and it’s also worth noting Amazon paid $250 million for the rights to the series.
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Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings series is being developed by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, who will lead a writer’s room that includes Game of Thrones alum Bryan Cogman. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom director J. A. Bayona is set to direct multiple episodes of Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series.
Full details on Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings series are currently unknown, though it is reported to be before the events of The Fellowship of the Ring during the Second Age of Middle-Earth. The Lord of the Rings series is produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins, and New Line Cinema. The series stars Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Budge, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, and Daniel Weyman.
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Source: Morning Report