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J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy epic may be getting another adaptation, this one on the small screen as Warner Bros. and Tolkein’s estate are in talks with Amazon Studios for a series adaptation.
The network has been receiving negative press lately, following last month’s departure by president Roy Price over sexual harassment allegations, head of scripted Joe Lewis, and head of unscripted Conrad Riggs. Since taking the reins at Amazon, Bezos has been taking steps to move their television projects towards large-scale genre programming with international appeal. Tal Yguado has since been named head of scripted series where he will report to Price’s interim replacement, Amazon Studios COO Albert Cheng.
The classic story centers around Frodo Baggins, as he and a Fellowship embark on a quest to destroy the One Ring, and thus ensure the destruction of its maker, the Dark Lord. The story was adapted for the big screen by Peter Jackson and won 17 out of 30 total Academy Award nominations, including a Best Picture win for Return of the King.
This news was first reported by Variety.
Emily J | Managing Editor