Amazon Studios recently confirmed that New Zealand will see the return of Middle-Earth’s inhabitants, the Hobbits.
The Pacific country will be serving as a location for Lord of The Rings once again but this time, for its television spin-off. Multiple outlets report that the show’s production might be the most expensive for a tv series.
As reported by Reuters, the short-form adaptation will center on all-new plotlines from preceding events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Fellowship of the Ring”. It is the first of Tolkien’s three novels as well as the first in the franchise adapted for the big screen set in the fictional Middle-Earth.
Showrunners and EPs, J.D. Payne and Patrick MacKay confirmed the matter in a statement to the outlet saying
“As we searched for the location in which we could bring to life the primordial beauty of the Second Age of Middle-earth, we knew we needed to find somewhere majestic, with pristine coasts, forests, and mountains, that also is a home to world-class sets, studios, and highly skilled and experienced craftspeople and other staff.” It looks like New Zealand turned out to be just that for the franchise once more.
Amazon acquired the tv adaptation rights to the fantasy favorite back in 2017 as the HBO’s Game of Thrones ruled the television world. Netflix has made a similar move to creating a fictional medieval world in The Witcher starring Superman actor Henry Cavill. He might even remind you of LOTR’s Legolas as he sports long silver hair in the show.