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Amazon is officially making a Lord of the Rings TV series

Amazon has gained the International tv rights to The Lord of the Rings for a tv series set in Middle-earth, the company announced Monday.

With reports surfacing earlier this month, Amazon demonstrated that it’s creating a series that’s place in Middle-earth and “explore fresh storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring” and together with the chance of spinoff series.

The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has caught the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the large screen,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, Head of Scripted Series, Amazon Studios. “We’re honored to be working together with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line with this exciting alliance for tv and are thrilled to take The Lord of the Rings fans on a new epic journey in Middle Earth. ”

The statement comes several months after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos told former Amazon Studios head Roy Price to basically find the next Game of Thrones, and together with the purchase of Lord of the Rings, that reportedly cost $250 million for the rights independently, Amazon is looking toward one of Game of Thrones’ major influences.

“We’re thrilled that Amazon, with its longstanding devotion to literature, is the home of the first-ever multi-season television series for The Lord of the Rings,” said Matt Galsor, a representative for the Tolkien Estate and Trust and HarperCollins. “Sharon along with the team in Amazon Studios have excellent ideas to bring to the screen previously unexplored stories based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s first writings. ”

News of a Lord of the Rings series is departing fans torn. While some may be excited about exploring different parts of Middle-earth or following members of the Fellowship of the Ring before their first meeting, others don’t even see the need to retread a beloved story when Peter Jackson’s movie trilogy already did so during the early 2000s.

But if not fans actually need a Lord of the Rings television series, they’re becoming one. And until Amazon settles on what it wants to handle with the series, fans are getting their ideas in.

There’s no deadline set for your own job, so for now fans will need to wait to see what else is in store.

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