Amazon Announce Location For Their Lord Of The Rings Adaptation

18 September 2019
Amazon, Lord Of The Rings, Film, TV

The studio will be returning to New Zealand to shoot the first episodes of their new show

It’s a good time to be a New Zealander and a Lord of The Rings fan because Amazon Studios has just announced that they will be returning to the location where the original LOTR trilogy was shot to start filming their new Tolkein adaptation.

Set in Middle Earth, Amazon announced that the new series was going ahead earlier in the year, explaining that the show would “explore new storylines preceding JRR Tolkein’s The Fellowship of the Ring.” The confirmation of a return to New Zealand though is great news for fans of the films. The locations used in the movies were integral to its success in creating the Tolkeinesque landscape, capturing the mythic majesty of the books.

With pre-production having already begun, production itself kicks off in Auckland in the next few months.

While Amazon is remaining tight lipped on the finer details of the show, refraining from offering a name or potential cast members, they have given details of the directors and show runners behind the project. Safe to say it’s impressive.

JA Bayona, the man behind 2018’s Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom will take the helm for the first two episodes and serve as executive producer. If you saw Bayona’s last dinosaur flick you’ll know that he can balance action and incredible scenery with ease, which bodes well for a series that will no doubt be compared to Jackson’s verdant trilogy.

Elsewhere, executive producers and showrunners with resumes that include Game of Thrones, The Sopranos, Breaking Bad and Stranger Things are all on board. You’ll understand then, if we say we’re expecting big things.

LOTR has been adapted for television twice before, in Sweden and then later Finland, but Amazon’s new show is the first modern take on LOTR to be broadcast on TV. While it won’t be a direct adaptation of the novels, this new series will be set pre Fellowship, during the Second Age of Middle Earth, a period that lasts 3441 years.

Amazon’s recent success adapting Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan and Philp K Dick’s The Man in the High Castle, coupled with news that Tolkien scholar Tom Shippey will supervise proceedings give us high hopes for this indeed.