Amazon has handed out an early renewal order for its forthcoming mega-budget “The Lord of the Rings” TV series which is still only in the midst of pre-production on its first season.
The project is set to film in New Zealand with a small number of actors like Markella Kavenagh, Will Poulter, and Joseph Mawle already cast but many key roles yet to be filled.
Writers JD Payne and Patrick McKay are serving as showrunners with “Game of Thrones” alum Bryan Cogman a consulting producer and J.A. Bayona set to direct multiple episodes. Amazon already gave the series a two-season commitment when it was first announced, but the second season was not greenlit until now.
Little remains known about the series beyond it exploring new storylines in Middle Earth’s Second Age, centuries before events of “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings”. It was the time in which the Rings of Power, including Sauron’s One Ring, came into existence.
Amazon Studios, the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins, and New Line Cinema will all produce.