Amazon's 'Lord of the Rings' TV series finds its writers

A multi-million affair, this series will explore the uncharted territories of Middle Earth.

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Amazon's 'Lord of the Rings' TV series finds its writers

Amazon Studios has roped in JD Payne and Patrick McKay to pen their highly anticipated mega-budget Lord of the Rings TV series.

Their writing credits include the upcoming Star Trek 4 for Paramount and adapting the upcoming Jungle Cruise for Disney.

"The rich world that JRR Tolkien created is filled with majesty and heart, wisdom and complexity. We are absolutely thrilled to be partnering with Amazon to bring it to life anew.

"We feel like Frodo, setting out from the Shire, with a great responsibility in our care it is the beginning of the adventure of a lifetime," the writing duo said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly.

Set in Middle Earth, the television adaptation will explore new storylines preceding Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring.

The deal also includes a potential additional spin-off series.

Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon as readers hail the fantasy series as one of the best books ever written. The book went on to be adapted as three movies titled The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King.

The movies proved out to be blockbuster at the box-office, as the movies went out to gross over $2.917 billion on a production budget of $281 million.

The final film in the series, The Return of the King, was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won all 11 of its Academy Award nominations including Best Picture.

(With Agency Input)

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