Amazon is making a Lord of the Rings TV series

Elijah Wood left starred as Frodo and Sean

Amazon has confirmed that its media branch, Amazon TV, has secured the rights to produce a new series based on the Lord of the Rings fantasy novels.

There is no word yet when the new series will begin playing in your living room and scant details about what will be included.

The original series will be produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Estate of J R R Tolkien, publishing house HarperCollins, and New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros.

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For everybody who has felt deprived over the years because the last instalment of The Lord of the Rings franchise came out nearly five years ago, Amazon has some really brilliant news. Speaking about the project, Head of Scripted Series at Amazon Studios, Sharon Tal Yguado, said: "The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen". The Lord of the Rings film trilogy earned almost $6 billion worldwide, and picked up a combined 17 Academy Awards, including Best Picture for The Return of the King.

The move arrives after Amazon has pledged to further up content investment in the coming year, with an eye on big, globally popular shows like Game of Thrones.

Yet Amazon appears to justify its spending on programming as a way to draw new sign-ups to Prime, whose members not only enjoy the video service, but also buy more goods more often from the world's largest online retailer. Although "The Lord of the Rings" is the most famous work to emerge from Tolkien's pen, he wrote much else, including prequel "The Hobbit" - also made into a movie trilogy by Jackson - and the denser "The Silmarillion".

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