Sep 18, 2019

Lord of the Rings returns to New Zealand with Amazon TV show

New Zealand is poised for another Middle-earth-tied economic boost after Amazon Studios picked the country as the location for its much-anticipated Lord of the Rings television series. The show is widely tipped to be the most expensive ever made, at a cost of at least $1bn. The Amazon unit wants to tap the huge success of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, also shot in New Zealand. Amazon Studios, which bought the rights to the television series two years ago, said the new adaptation will explore fresh storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien's classic The Fellowship of the Ring. Those films - along with The Hobbit trilogy - sparked a tourism boom in New Zealand. The large-scale productions also transformed New Zealand's small film industry into a world leader, including in digital special effects.

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