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Amazon Studios' The Lord of the Rings television show is going to cost all the gold in the Lonely Mountain.

The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Amazon will spend roughly NZ$650 million – $465 million in U.S. dollars – for just the first season of the show.

That's far above previous reported estimates that pegged the fantasy drama as costing an already record-breaking $500 million for multiple seasons of the show.

Amazon Studios declined comment.

"What I can tell you is Amazon is going to spend about $650 million in season one alone," Stuart Nash, the country's Minister for Economic Development and Tourism, told Morning Report. "This is fantastic, it really is ... this will be the largest television series ever made."

The figures were first released as part of as part of the New Zealand government’s Official Information Act and initially reported by the New Zealand outlet Stuff. The documents also confirmed the studio's plan is to film potentially five seasons in New Zealand – as well as possible, as-yet-unannounced spinoff series.

By comparison, HBO's Game of Thrones cost roughly $100 million to produce per season, with its per-episode cost starting at around $6 million for season one and eventually rising to around $15 million per episode in season eight.


Amazon's spending will trigger a tax rebate of NZ$160 million ($114 million U.S). This is somewhat controversial in New Zealand as the government could end up on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars to help subsidize Amazon's elves and hobbits drama series. The Treasury has labeled the show a "significant fiscal risk" given there is no capped upside to how much Amazon, and therefore the government, might spend. But others point out that the boost in local spending by the production plus the potential tourism surge from Lord of the Rings fans far outweighs the potential taxpayer-funded kickbacks.

Amazon picked up the rights to J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved Middle Earth franchise in 2017, and early on it was estimated the show could end up eventually becoming the world's first TV show to cost $1 billion after factoring in the rights deal, production and marketing for multiple seasons.

The official description: The Lord of the Rings "brings to screens for the very first time the heroic legends of the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth's history. 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."


The show's large cast includes Robert Aramayo (Game of Thrones), Owain Arthur (Kingdom), Nazanin Boniadi (Counterpart), Tom Budge (The Pacific), Ismael Cruz Cordova (The Catch), Ismael Cruz Cordova (Ray Donovan), Joseph Mawle (Game of Thrones) and many others. J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay (Star Trek 4) serve as showrunners on the series.

The series is currently in production for a planned debut in later this year.

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Wow, that sounds so exciting... I always wanted to see a series created on few novels , games and movies and LOTR is one of them..

LOTR
Witcher ( already running )
Metro ( Game ) I really want to see the Metro storyline turned into a series
 

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Can't wait to see it. I just hope they don't make it so expensive that they have to limit how many episodes they do.
 

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they will screw it up.

they are already casting notes hinting on R rated content showing up. Tolkien would not want his stories to circle around perverse and hypersexual themes like GoT went with.

hollywood is messed...



 

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they will screw it up.

they are already casting notes hinting on R rated content showing up. Tolkien would not want his stories to circle around perverse and hypersexual themes like GoT went with.

hollywood is messed...



Hahahaha. Lmao never quote these fools they are some bitter extreme right-wing groups who politicize freaking art by complaining about irrelevant stuff from time to time blaming it on Social justice warriors, Liberals or leftiests etc etc..

Saying this is to liberal due to mix casting or the director is a leftiest so I will hate on it by making even videos on it before it comes out.. Never buy into these people and to be honest they are very easy to spot so you know from the get go that you are not getting a constructive opinion
 

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LOTR is an epic master peiece. No one can recreate it again. Hobbit was good but nowhere near the LOTR. LOTR is the best movie of all time.
 

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Hahahaha. Lmao never quote these fools they are some bitter extreme right-wing groups who politicize freaking art by complaining about irrelevant stuff from time to time blaming it on Social justice warrior, Liberals or leftiests etc etc..
are you brainless?

this isn't right wing trash talk.

hes right - the casting calls show where things are headed


this is terrible. this goes against what tolkien wanted

tolkien was able to express romance among his characters by showing how willing they were to commit themselves to each other (luthien following beren to the gates of angband etc) - not lusting over each other at the sight of a body.

not sexual garbage that people keep consuming like we see in got


this is ridiculous
 

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are you brainless?

this isn't right wing trash talk.

hes right - the casting calls show where things are headed


this is terrible. this goes against what tolkien wanted

tolkien was able to express romance among his characters by showing how willing they were to commit themselves to each other (luthien following beren to the gates of angband etc) - not lusting over each other at the sight of a body.

not sexual garbage that people keep consuming like we see in got


this is ridiculous
I have no issues with the sexual scenes added but this takes place in the second age so it doesn't go against Tolkien's wishes.

And these are desparate right-wingers who camp on YT saying nonsense. If these people were legit fans I could understand the concern's and I have heard legit fans concern's but these are different concerns
 

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I have no issues with the sexual scenes added but this takes place in the second age so it doesn't go against Tolkien's wishes.

And these are desparate right-wingers who camp on YT saying nonsense. If these people were legit fans I could understand the concern's and I have heard legit fans concern's but these are different concerns

your a white male so i can understand that you won't have any issues. its an ongoing trend among white males to only value women for their bodies so go figure.

setting in the 2nd age - so what? in fact since it is set in the 2nd age we should explore plot points that would reflect what the silmarillion had given exposure on and the 'unfinished tales' from tolkien for that time period. complex plots like kings men vs the faithful in numenor or sauron/annatar and his deception of the elves.

but nope we have to follow GoT and fill it with sexual garbage cause giving a hard on to people from TV is what sells.

desperate right wingers or whoever - tolkien's letters never went about people getting down and dirty in bed over each other.
 

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your a white male so i can understand that you won't have any issues. its an ongoing trend among white males to only value women for their bodies so go figure.

setting in the 2nd age - so what? in fact since it is set in the 2nd age we should explore plot points that would reflect what the silmarillion had given exposure on and the 'unfinished tales' from tolkien for that time period. complex plots like kings men vs the faithful in numenor or sauron/annatar and his deception of the elves.

but nope we have to follow GoT and fill it with sexual garbage cause giving a hard on to people from TV is what sells.

desperate right wingers or whoever - tolkien's letters never went about people getting down and dirty in bed over each other.
I am thinking about going with Pachinko Apple+ it has cost 130 mio USD it is not exactly a cheap either but damn didn't know I would see a show hit higher then 150M USD which is a world record that won't be topped for ages to come but to see 1 season 400+ mio that is ridiculous.

Tho Pachinko is not a great spectacle targetted with vaste audience like LOTr series but rather awards motivated
 
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more copying of the works of others. Can't they create anything new?

Remember how Game of Thrones ended when HBO didn't have anything to copy from GRR Martin? Hilariously pathetic.
 
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they will screw it up.

they are already casting notes hinting on R rated content showing up. Tolkien would not want his stories to circle around perverse and hypersexual themes like GoT went with.

hollywood is messed...




He was a deeply devout Christian...The kind that is non existent among white people these days outside of Mormon circles..His friend CS Lewis too was an athiest converted to Christianity
 

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He was a deeply devout Christian...The kind that is non existent among white people these days outside of Mormon circles
Am I the only one who keeps running into white far-right looking hillbillies who are hating on a piece of art for political reasons-- It could be both a Tv show or Movie?

I don't understand these people?
 

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