TV se­ries planned on Tolkien nov­els

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LOS AN­GE­LES: Ama­zon had ac­quired the global tele­vi­sion rights to The Lord of the Rings and planned to adapt the fan­tasy nov­els by JRR Tolkien into a tele­vi­sion se­ries, the com­pany said yes­ter­day.

The tele­vi­sion adap­ta­tion will ex­plore new sto­ry­lines pre­ced­ing Tolkien’s The Fel­low­ship of the Ring, the first in the The Lord of the Rings tril­ogy.

The deal in­cludes a poten- tial ad­di­tional spin-off se­ries.

The orig­i­nal se­ries would be pro­duced by Ama­zon Stu­dios in co-op­er­a­tion with the Tolkien Es­tate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema, a di­vi­sion of Warner Broth­ers En­ter­tain­ment, Ama­zon said.

“The Lord of the Rings is a cul­tural phe­nom­e­non that has cap­tured the imag­i­na­tion of gen­er­a­tions of fans through lit­er­a­ture and the big screen,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, head of scripted se­ries at Ama­zon Stu­dios.

The Lord of the Rings nov­els were named Ama­zon cus­tomers’ favourite book of the mil­len­nium in 1999.

The movies – The Fel­low­ship of the Ring, The Two Tow­ers and The Re­turn of the King – earned a com­bined gross of nearly $6 bil­lion world­wide. – ANA-DPA

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