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Forget $500 Million, Amazon’s ‘Lord Of The Rings’ Series Could Cost Over $1 BILLION
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Gollum in Lord of the Rings

Well this is just getting insane. Less than one month ago came word that the first seasons of Amazon’s Lord of the Rings would cost more than all three movies in Peter Jackson’s film trilogy. Around $500 million.

But that’s just the beginning of the craziness. Amazon’s adaptation is going to cost hundreds of millions more than Jackson’s trilogy. In fact, it’s expected that once all the costs of producing the show are factored in—including casting, producers, visual effects, and so on—the price tag will be over $1 billion. BILLION. For a television show. It’s going to be the biggest TV series ever produced in terms of price tag.

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First Seasons Of Amazon’s ‘Lord Of The Rings’ Series To Cost More Than Peter Jackson’s Movie Trilogy
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Gollum in The Lord of the Rings

Last November came confirmation that Amazon had landed the rights to J.R.R. Tolkien‘s book series The Lord of the Rings, and that they were committed to producing multiple seasons.

While the news was exciting the announcement also came with the astonishing revelation that Amazon had reportedly paid around $250 million just for the rights, leaving many to wonder just how massive the show’s price tag would be once they got around to actually making it. Now we have a better idea of what that is. A new report indicates that the overall budget of the first couple of seasons of the show will likely surpass the total cost of Peter Jackson’s beloved Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

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Ian McKellen Might Be Up For Playing Gandalf Again In Amazon’s ‘Lord Of The Rings’ Series
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A little over a month ago it was confirmed that Amazon Studios was committed to making a multi-season TV series adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien‘s The Lord of the Rings.

We’re a long way from casting on that show to begin, but one familiar name sounds ready to sign on: none other than Ian McKellen. The actor has played Gandalf in director Peter Jackson’s two massive movie trilogies, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. When asked about Amazon’s show recently, it sounded like McKellen might just be up for reprising his role as the great wizard in the series…if he were asked to. See what he had to say below.

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Amazon Confirms Multi-Season ‘Lord Of The Rings’ TV Series
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Lord of the Rings/Hobbit One Ring

Earlier this month it was reported that Amazon was in talks with Warner Bros. Television and the estate of author J.R.R. Tolkien for the rights to adapt The Lord of the Rings into a TV series.

As it turns out, things were farther along than we thought. Amazon has confirmed that they have now reached a deal, and are officially committed to not just one single season of a Lord of the Rings TV series, but a multi-season adaptation of the timeless fantasy books Tolkien penned. But it won’t just be a new take on the story we saw play out in Peter Jackson’s movie trilogy. Instead, the series will focus on new storylines which take place before the events of The Fellowship of the Ring. And there’s even an added bonus to the deal that could mean an eventual spinoff series as well.

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Amazon In Talks With WB For ‘Lord Of The Rings’ TV Series
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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Rejoice, fantasy fans! When the final season of Game of Thrones comes to a close, we no longer have to be devastated about it. OK—we don’t have to be devastated for too long, anyway. Let’s be honest, I weep at least once a week just thinking about it. But I swallow a pint of Ben & Jerry’s like it’s an Advil, and move on with my day. Like a responsible adult. Other networks would sacrifice anything adorable you can think of to have what HBO has in Thrones, but instead of finding that next untapped book series to adapt into a hit, one big name is looking to an old classic: The Lord of the Rings.

Amazon Studios has entered into negotiations with Warner Brothers Television and author J.R.R. Tolkien‘s estate in hopes of developing a TV series based on Tolkien’s legendary story.

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How Howard Shore’s ‘Lord Of The Rings’ Score Elevated The Story (Video)
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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

If you’re a fan of movies, chances are you’re a fan of movie scores. But while the music of a film can elicit emotions and enhance our experience viewing it and overall appreciation of it, sometimes there’s so much more going on in those compositions than most of us ever realize.

With an example of this, YouTube user The Nerdwriter has released a new video exploring composer Howard Shore‘s work on Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and how his music actually elevated the already stellar story it told.

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Peter Jackson Had Replica Of ‘The Hobbit’s Bag End Built Behind Secret Doors At His House
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Peter Jackson On The Set Of The Hobbit

What happens when a geek finds themselves abundantly wealthy? They purchase massive homes and add lots and lots of amazing stuff to them. We’ve seen it with Guillermo del Toro’s Bleak House, and now we have another example with The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies director Peter Jackson‘s 1930s mansion in New Zealand.

Jackson has had all sorts of cool stuff built to make his home unique, but perhaps most notably is the addition of an exact replica of Bilbo Baggins’ Hobbit house, Bag End. And better yet, Jackson had it built underground, behind secret doors.

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See Stephen Colbert Become Bilbo, Legolas, and Gandalf For ‘Hobbit’-Themed Photo Shoot (Video)
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Stephen Colbert as Gandalf

The Colbert Report host and The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings fanatic Stephen Colbert took part in a Hobbit-themed photo shoot for Entertainment Weekly recently.

Colbert received the full makeup and costume treatment to become Bilbo, Legolas, and Gandalf for the shoot. You can see a video of him being transformed into all three characters below.

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Video For ‘Lord Of The Rings’ Star Billy Boyd’s ‘Hobbit’ End Credits Song Released
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Billy Boyd "The Last Goodbye" from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Last month we found out that Billy Boyd, who starred as Pippin in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and sang a memorable song in the third movie, The Return of the King, would be singing the end credits song for the final movie in Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

The song is titled “The Last Goodbye,” and not only can you listen to it right now but there’s an official video for it as well you can watch below. The video is all about giving fans the warm fuzzies, as footage of Boyd singing is mixed with clips from both trilogies and behind the scenes footage of the actors having a merry old time on the set.

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‘Lord Of The Rings’ Star Billy Boyd To Sing Final ‘Hobbit’ Movie’s End Credits Song
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Billy Boyd Sings "Edge of Night" In Lord of The Rings

There’s a wealth of memorable moments to be found within Peter Jackson’s massive Lord of the Rings trilogy. One of these moments comes in the third and final movie, The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, when hobbit Pippin (Billy Boyd) is ordered to sing a song for the Steward of Gondor, Denethor (John Noble), to whom he volunteered his service. As Pippin sings his sad song, titled “The Edge of Night,” Denethor feasts away carelessly while his son Faramir (David Wenham) and his soldiers, who were sent into an impossible battle by the Steward, are met with waves of orcish arrows.

If you too are fond of this scene and Pippin’s song, depressing as it is, there’s some good news to be had today. It’s been announced that Billy Boyd will be semi-returning to Middle-earth by recording the end credits song for the third and final movie in The Hobbit trilogy, titled The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

You can read more and check out Boyd singing “Edge of Night” in Return of the King below if you don’t remember it or just want to see it again.

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