Filmmaker J.A. Bayona has been set to both executive produce and direct the first two episodes of Amazon Studios’ high profile and mega-budget “The Lord of the Rings” TV series.
The series will be set in the Second Age, approximately three millennia before the events at the beginning of “The Lord of the Rings” with that first film’s opening battle (and first defeat of Sauron) marking the end of the ‘Second Age’.
The Second Age began after the banishment of Morgoth, the dark lord before Sauron, and the new series could deal with the rise of Sauron, the creation of the One Ring, and the emergence of the Ringwraiths.
Bayona says in a statement: “J.R.R. Tolkien created one of the most extraordinary and inspiring stories of all time, and as a lifelong fan, it is an honor and a joy to join this amazing team. I can’t wait to take audiences around the world to Middle-earth and have them discover the wonders of the Second Age, with a never before seen story.”
Bayona broke out with the haunting supernatural drama “The Orphanage,” he then launched Tom Holland’s career with the Thai tsunami drama “The Impossible,” and recently helmed the mega-budget “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”.
Belen Atienza will also executive produce while JD Payne, Patrick McKay and Gennifer Hutchison are writing the series with Emmy winner Bryan Cogman (“Game of Thrones”) serving as a consultant.
The project is expected to be the most expensive television series ever made, rumored figures for both the television rights and production costs for multiple seasons of the entire series are said to be somewhere around the $500 million range.