The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power showrunner J.D. Payne says the entire series is already planned out.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is the most ambitious television series to date, with Amazon spending millions on the first season alone. A first look at the series was shown during the Super Bowl back in February, showcasing its cinematic scale and the cast of characters.
A Long Journey Ahead
In an interview with Empire, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power showrunner J.D. Payne revealed the series is being planned for five seasons with the story already mapped out:
“We even know what our final shot of the last episode is going to be. The rights that Amazon bought were for a 50-hour show. They knew from the beginning that was the size of the canvas – this was a big story with a clear beginning, middle and end. There are things in the first season that don’t pay off until Season 5.”
Here is the synopsis for the upcoming series:
This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and will take viewers back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the finest of threads, and the greatest villain that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness. Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to 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 furthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone.
Amazon Studios is producing The Rings of Power in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins, and New Line Cinema. J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay are serving as showrunners and executive producers on the series.
The ensemble for the show consists of 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.
The Amazon series will premiere on September 2, 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news surrounding the upcoming series, and subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.