Things are shaping up for Amazon’s massive Lord of the Rings series as the streaming giant has tapped Star Trek writers, D Payne and Patrick McKay, to develop the highly anticipated series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s best-selling fantasy novels. The series, which will serve as a prequel, taking place before the events in the first novel The Fellowship of the Ring, has already pledged a multi-season commitment and has a potential spinoff in the pipeline as well.
Payne and McKay are currently in the midst of writing the script for the upcoming fourth Star Trek film from J.J. Abrams and are also penning the script for Dwayne Johnson’s Jungle Cruise.
The Lord of the Rings series is certainly a huge undertaking for Amazon, but they’ve expressed just how excited they are to take on the project.
Amazon has remained pretty tight-lipped about details but Ian McKellan, who played Gandalf in the award-winning films from Peter Jackson, has expressed interest in being a part of the project.
The series will be produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment.
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