The bill for Amazon’s Lord Of The Rings TV show is soaring already

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Without a frame of footage being shot, it looks like the bill for Amazon’s planned TV series of The Lord Of The Rings is going to comfortably eclipse the price of the acclaimed movie trilogy.

Amazon won a bidding war for the rights to make a TV show based on J R R Tolkien’s trilogy earlier this year. The cost for the story rights, before any work had been done on a script, were said to be in the region of $250m, with Amazon committing to at least two seasons up front of the show (with possible spin-offs on top of that).

Now, a new estimate suggests that by the time production and marketing of the new show is accounted for, Lord Of The Rings is set to cost Amazon at least half a billion dollars, and more likely more. The price seems to be escalating.

This is set to make it by distance Amazon’s most expensive show to date. And we still don’t have a shred of casting news, or any news on when exactly it’s set to shoot.

More as we hear it…