In much anticipated news, Amazon has announced the launch of the television series, Lord of the Rings. Furthermore, Amazon Studios has selected New Zealand as its preferred location for the series.
“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,” the firm said with regards to the selection of the location.
Reports allege, the show is the most expensive ever made, estimated at the cost of at least $1bn (£801m). Sources report, the Amazon unit is trying to endorse success of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy which was also shot in New Zealand. It was the film that ultimately also helped to boost the industry and number of jobs in the region.
The rights for the television series were purchased by Amazon studio two years ago. According to the news, the new adaption was to develop a new storyline preceding JRR Tolkien’s classic, The Fellowship of the Ring.
Based on a statement released on Tuesday, the company alleged the pre-production for the series had already begun and the shooting was to commence in Auckland in the coming months.
In the wake of the new announcement, New Zealand’s Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford said the shooting would produce great benefits “including jobs and significant overseas investment”.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy has earned almost $3bn at the box office, in addition to winning several Academy awards. In addition to raising the tourism in New Zealand, these films also transformed the country’s small film industry, making it a world leader in digital special effects.
Furthermore, the country has endorsed Middle-earth as part of its cultural identity; with wizards and dragons adorning the Wellington airport.