News & Opinion | April 9, 2018 10:27 am

‘Lord of the Rings’ TV Series is Going to Be the Most Expensive in History

Amazon is spending $1 billion on the show.

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Lord of the Rings (Imdb)

There can never be enough Lord of the Rings. At least that’s what Amazon is betting on. The online retailer just paid a quarter-billion dollars to outbid Netflix in buying a new Lord of the Ring series. Amazon also went ahead and committed to a five-season run of the show, based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth. The Hollywood Reporter writes that not only is this the most expensive TV series ever, but that Amazon has committed to being production by 2020. According to ” the terms of the pact. When production expenses like casting, producers and visual effects are factored in, the series is expected to cost north of $1 billion,” reports Maxim. 

“This is the most complicated deal I’ve ever seen,” said Greenberg Glusker attorney Matt Galsor, who served as the chief architect of the deal and repped the Tolkien estate, to The Hollywood Reporter, “but it was handled relatively quickly, in a way that brought the parties together in a close relationship. It was tough, but everybody liked each other and felt like a team more as the deal closed.”