The series of all superlatives will be released on September 2 on Amazon Prime Video.
The Rings of Power takes place thousands of years before Frodo and Gandalf’s quest immortalized in Peter Jackson’s trilogy, and chronicles the rise of the cruel Sauron. The series is released on Amazon Prime Video on September 2, ten days after the release of its rival House of the Dragon on OCS.
Cape Verde’s GDP for budget
The Rings of Power joined the ranking of the most expensive productions of the small screen – and the big one, since the series exceeds the last avengers, which cost $420 million. The e-commerce giant has put on the table around $465 million to shoot the first of five seasons. Against 200 million for the first season of House of the Dragon. And 100 million for each season of Game Of Thrones. The last part of Stranger Things, cost Netflix $270 million. On the cinema side, the trilogy of Lord of the Rings cost 280 million greenbacks, and that of the Hobbit 650 million.
The battle for adaptation rights
The competition was tough. Netflix and HBO, too, wanted to buy the adaptation rights of the great philologist Tolkien. Amazon emerged victorious in this battle in 2017, paying a whopping $250 million. How did the group achieve this? According to a survey by the American channel CNBC, the Tolkien heirs and publishers took into account the fact that Amazon was also a platform dedicated to the purchase of books. They hope that the sales of works by JRR Tolkien will thus be favored.
The Pilgrim’s Staff by Jeff Bezos
Will this have played with the heirs of Tolkien? Jeff Bezos himself is one of the fans of the British writer and poet. “It goes beyond making a commercially successful show. Everyone working on the show read these stories as children. We put our hearts into it”recently insured in the Times this lover of science fiction and fantasy. The second richest man in the world hopes to pay a deserved tribute to Tolkien’s work. According to some observers, completing the adventure of rings of power would even take “obsession”.
Peter Jackson on the way
A possible role of executive producer had been mentioned at the start, but the director of the trilogy will not have been consulted for The Rings of Power. He recently entrusted it to the HollywoodReporter. “They asked me if I wanted to be involved. I replied that I couldn’t answer that question without reading the script. They answered me : “As soon as we have the first scripts, we will send them to you”. And the scripts never arriveddetailed the 60-year-old director. That’s the last thing I heard. But I’m not complaining at all.” If, moreover, the millions are flowing to finance the fantasy series, the task was much more difficult twenty-five years ago: almost all the majors in the sector had closed the door in Peter Jackson’s face.
Screenwriters in secret
This first step was to familiarize the team of screenwriters with constant vigilance. In 2019, the director of Amazon Studios gave astonishing details about the system put in place to protect the plot of the series. “We have a fantastic team of writers working in a locked room. They have already done some really interesting workshe said. The writers are in Santa Monica. To reach them, you have to go through a whole security device, and all their windows are sealed with tape. There is a security guard who remains seated outside the room. To enter, you even have to leave your fingerprints. Let’s hope for the authors that the device has been lightened over the writing…
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