Amazon issued a press release in November 2017 confirming the acquisition of global television rights for The Lord of The Rings and its intent to produce a prequel series with a multiseason commitment. The series is reported to “explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring.”  Rumor has it that the first season will focus on a younger version of Aragorn.

A young Aragorn looks to be the central character of Amazon’s new and highly expensive The Lord of the Rings TV series according to a new rumor posted by the longtime reliable ‘Rings’ news source TheOneRing.net. The site claims to have heard the news from multiple sources and indicates it applies to the first season only.  The phrasing of “first season” could imply that the series will focus on different characters each season, but there’s no information supporting that claim.

Several months after the acquisition, more details of the deal emerged indicating that the series has a five-season commitment and a budget that will collectively amount to more than $1 billion. That massive sum — one of the largest budgets any series has ever been granted from the start — doesn’t include any spinoff series that’s also expected to come out of the primary show. The entire arrangement is contingent on the series beginning production within two years, so the project appears to be on a fast track.

Viggo Mortensen played the role in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

In the books, he was the heir of Isildur and the thrones of Arnor and Gondor. The character was 87 years old in the ‘Rings’ trilogy, so a younger version of him means the series is likely to take place not long after the events of The Hobbit and a while before ‘Rings’.

The show will be produced by Amazon Studios in collaboration with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins, and New Line Cinema, and could be a major coup for Amazon, which has had success with original series like Transparent and The Man in The High Castle, but has yet to produce a “must-see” series like Game of Thrones or Netflix’s Stranger Things. The yet-to-be-named series will be an Amazon Prime exclusive, and we don’t yet know when it will see the light of day.  Peter Jackson’s potential involvement in the series remains uncertain.

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