Friday, 17 November, 2017

New 'Lord of Rings' series; Barbie wears hijab; Lord & Taylor at Walmart

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News of an upcoming Lord of the Rings TV series has been confirmed, exciting all "Ringers" and "Tolkeinheads" around the world.

Amazon bought all the exclusive television rights for Lord of the Rings in an attempt to gain new members to its streaming and shopping club, Prime.

With its fantastical setting and characters, The Lord Of The Rings bears a superficial resemblance to HBO's Game Of Thrones, now one of the biggest shows in the world.

Prior to the acquisition of rights by Amazon, the Lord of the Rings novels were first adapted into a film series released from 2001 to 2003. The estate, HarperCollins and the films' distributor New Line Cinema will help Amazon produce the television series.

Amazon announced the deal after reaching an agreement with Tolkien's estate, which issued its own statement.

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"The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen", said Head of Scripted Series at Amazon Studios Sharon Tal Yguado in Deadline's report.

This is the first time Tolkein's masterpiece will have a television series adaptation.

Set in Middle Earth, this TV series will explore new story lines preceding Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring. All production costs - including development, actors, and the editing - will be separate, and are expected to come in around $100-150 million (about Rs. 653-979.8 crores) per season.

It will feature stories based on author J.R.R. Tolkien's original writings, as well as a potential spin-off series.

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