The Hobbit trilogy may have ended way back in 2014, but Amazon Prime Video is set to bring Middle-Earth back to screens with their upcoming Lord of the Rings series. Reports have been going around about the series being the most expensive one ever made, and now we have an actual number.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, the first season of the Lord of the Rings series is set to be worth a whopping $450 million (or 650 million NZD). For comparison, each season of HBO’s fantasy epic Game of Thrones costs $100 million to make.
The numbers were apparently released under New Zealand’s Official Information Act and had been reported by the NZ outlet Stuff. The country’s Minister for Economic Development and Tourism Stuart Nash also had this to say about the show:
“What I can tell you is Amazon is going to spend about $650 million in season one alone… This is fantastic, it really is … this will be the largest television series ever made.”
With no trailer in site, a lot of fans still don’t have a gauge on what to expect from the streaming site’s Lord of the Rings. With the huge budget though, it could hint that the series is aiming to have a quality that’s close to the Lord of the Rings films. Let’s just hope that they manage to capture the same heart that made the books and movies so popular in the first place.
No release date has been set for Amazon’s Lord of the Rings, but fans speculate that it should come out sometime in 2022.