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EntertainmentLord Of The Rings returns to New Zealand for TV series

17:30  18 september  2019
17:30  18 september  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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The upcoming TV series from Amazon Studios based on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings books will follow in the footsteps of its theatrical Since those films debuted, tourism to New Zealand has seen a massive surge, with the release of the three The Hobbit films also earning a bump in visitors.

Rings ” TV series will film in New Zealand , the studio revealed Tuesday, adding that “pre-production has started, and production on the series will The " Lord of the Rings " trilogy hit that increasingly rare sweet spot between the critics and the box office, combining to win 30 Oscars and gross .9

Lord Of The Rings returns to New Zealand for TV series © Rex Features The series will be set before The Fellowship Of The Ring, released in 2001 New Zealand is to become Middle-earth once again, with Amazon confirming that the new Lord Of The Rings television series is set to be filmed in the country.

It means a return of the orcs, elves and hobbits to the land they became synonymous with over the course of the six epic Lord Of The Rings and Hobbit films directed by Peter Jackson.

The television adaptation will explore new storylines preceding author JRR Tolkien's The Fellowship Of The Ring, the first of the trilogy.

Lord Of The Rings returns to New Zealand for TV series © Reuters The remains of the Lord Of The Rings Hobbiton film set in New Zealand's North Island The official Lord Of The Rings show Twitter account simply tweeted the New Zealand flag as the announcement was made.

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– on Aug 18, 2018. in TV , TV News. The three movies covering J.R.R. Tolkien's classic fantasy novel The Lord of the Rings were all filmed in New Zealand , and when the prequel trilogy of movies based on Tolkien's The Hobbit were produced, they returned to the same locations.

The TV show produced by the US e-commerce giant has been widely tipped to be the most expensive ever made. New Zealand is poised for another Middle-earth-tied economic boost after Amazon Studios picked the country as the location for its much-anticipated Lord of the Rings television series .

"Welcome home," said one Twitter user in response, while another replied: "Glad to see you're filming in Middle-earth."

Amazon Studios said in a statement that it had found a "majestic" location with world-class sets, and that production would begin in the city of Auckland in the coming months.

Lord Of The Rings returns to New Zealand for TV series © Associated Press A giant sculpture of Gollum was displayed at Wellington Airport in 2012, when the first Hobbit film was released "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," said executive producers JD Payne and Patrick McKay.
"We're happy that we are now able to officially confirm New Zealand as our home for our series based on stories from JRR Tolkien's The Lord Of The Rings.

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New Zealand , where Peter Jackson's three films were set and made for a total of £177m, beat rival Scotland to be named the production location for the show , which is expected to be the most expensive series ever made. Filming is slated to begin in the coming months at three sites across Auckland in

Lord Of The Rings : TV series casts Midsommar star Will The show will be produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins, and New Line Cinema, which produced The Lord of the Rings movies.

Lord Of The Rings returns to New Zealand for TV series © Getty The series will be set before The Fellowship Of The Ring, released in 2001 "We are grateful to the people and the government of New Zealand and especially Auckland for supporting us during this pre-production phase. The abundant measure of Kiwi hospitality with which they have welcomed us has already made us feel right at home, and we are looking forward to deepening our partnership in the years to come."

No further details about the series have been released, and Amazon would not reveal how much the show will cost or how many series it has planned.

There has been speculation Amazon could spend more than $1bn (£803m) on the series as it looks to take on other streaming services such as Netflix.

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