Warner Bros. Television and the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien are in talks with Amazon Studios to develop a TV series based on the author’s “The Lord of the Rings” novels. Sources for Variety suggest that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is personally involved in the negotiations, which are still in very early stages.
Warners and the Tolkien estate have reportedly been shopping this new series adaptation idea for a while now with Amazon emerging as the frontrunner in a competitive fight for the rights. The potential deal comes at a complicated time for Amazon which in the past month has cleared out the executive ranks of its TV division including three senior personnel.
However it also fits in with the division’s new mandate to move away from niche and grounded series into large-scale genre programming with broad international appeal. At the same time, Warners and the Tolkien estate settled a massive lawsuit in July and now seem to be willing collaborators again.