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What to expect from new Lord of the Rings series

FOR REVIEW AND PREVIEW PURPOSES ONLY. From left, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean, John Rhys-Davies and (front row) Sean Astin, Elijah Wood, Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd in a scene from the movie The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
FOR REVIEW AND PREVIEW PURPOSES ONLY. From left, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean, John Rhys-Davies and (front row) Sean Astin, Elijah Wood, Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd in a scene from the movie The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

THE Lord of the Rings TV series is moving forward at Amazon with the streaming service giving the series a multi-season production commitment, the company has announced.

Set in Middle Earth, the television adaptation will explore new storylines preceding The Fellowship of the Ring.

The deal also includes a potential additional spin-off series.

The series will be produced by Amazon Studios in co-operation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment.

As Variety reported, a series adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's world-renowned fantasy novels has been in development at Amazon after being shopped by the Tolkien estate and Warner Bros. Television.

"The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen," said Sharon Tal Yguado, head of scripted series for Amazon Studios.

"We are honoured to be working with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line on this exciting collaboration for television and are thrilled to be taking The Lord of the Rings fans on a new epic journey in Middle Earth."

The late author's series was previously adapted for the big screen by director Peter Jackson in the form of three films, culminating in 2003's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, which won Best Picture - among its 11 Oscars - and collected more than $1 billion at the box office.

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