The Lord of the Rings


Amazon attaches JA Bayona to direct ‘Lord of the Rings’ adaptation

Amazon Studios has brought in Spanish filmmaker JA Bayona (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) to direct the first two episodes of its big budget adaptation of Lord of the Rings. Bayona and producing partner Belén Atienza are attached as exec producers on the series, which is set in Middle Earth and is being written by JD […]

Amazon cancels comedies One Mississippi, I Love Dick

Amazon is continuing its purge of comedies, now ridding of One Mississippi, I Love Dick and Jean-Claude Van Johnson. Last month Amazon Prime Video turned down all of its latest pilot season comedies including Sea Oak, The Climb and Love You More. Now, Tig Nataro’s One Mississippi will not continue on the service after two […]

Amazon lands Lord of the Rings TV remake

Amazon has acquired the global rights to J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, for TV adaptation across multiple seasons. The upcoming original, rumoured to be costing US$250 million, 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. The […]

News brief: PBS buys Shine’s Vicious

US broadcaster PBS has acquired British comedy series Vicious. The 6x30mins show, which stars Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings) and Derek Jacobi (The King’s Speech) as two men who have shared the same London flat for fifty years, is produced by Brown Eyed Boy in association with Kudos and Nickelby Inc. It is […]

International Studios: Drama Studies

For a week in May the attention of the TV world is focused on Hollywood studios as they present their new shows to international buyers at the LA Screenings. While the acquisitions folk are spending time – and money – with the Majors, an increasing amount of high-end drama is coming out of the LA […]

Using the UK tax credit to boost trans-Atlantic relations

Patrick Irwin, Justin Thomson-Glover and Louisa Spring – the principals of London and LA-based exec-production, coproduction and financing consultancy Far Moor – discuss how the introduction of the UK TV tax credit should be used to benefit the business on both sides of the Pond. The US cable networks are now looking at their development […]

ABC takes up Quest

US broadcast network ABC has called on the producers of The Amazing Race and feature film The Lord of the Rings to help create a fantasy-themed reality adventure series. The Quest will follow 12 contestants that enter the world of ‘Everealm’ – a fantasy-themed set filled with “epic” challenges. Amazing Race creators Bertram van Munster […]