Amazon’s Lord of the Rings TV Series is set to start filming in New Zealand in a few months. In an official tweet this week, Amazon confirmed the speculations about the movie. Accordingly, fans of the high fantasy applauded the shoot location as it effectively goes back to the roots of the franchise.
Notably, Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films were all shot on location in New Zealand. Subsequently, the multi-awarded director also hails from the same nation. However, Jackson will not be part of the TV series. Although he serves as a consultant for Amazon’s multi-billion dollar project.
It has been reported that Amazon purchased a number of rights from the Tolkien estate to film the series. Apparently, the rights were sold for more than $200 Million, thus making this the most expensive TV series of all time. In total, Amazon expects to shell out over $1 Billion to complete the series. Notably, this amount effectively dwarfs the budget that was allocated for its inspiration – Game of Thrones.
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According to the country’s Economic Minister, Phil Twyford, the new project is a welcome one for New Zealand. He states that this project would be beneficial to the New Zealanders as it would provide “jobs and significant overseas investment”.
However, New Zealand was never a done deal from the start. Apparently, other countries and regions also made bids to host the filming of the series. One, in particular, is Scotland. Notably, the British region made strides to win the series over. However, Amazon eventually decided to bring the scenery back home.
In a press release by showrunners JD Payne and Patrick McCay, they mentioned that:
“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. And we’re happy that we are now able to officially confirm New Zealand as our home for our series based on stories from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings,”
Notably, the success of Phil Jackson’s films placed the small island nation on the map. Effectively, it boosted the country’s economy through film and tourism. In particular, site locations were turned into tourist spots that are still flourishing to this day.