The Lord of the Rings series – Amazon’s  billion bargain

The Lord of the Rings series – Amazon’s $1 billion bargain

The series “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” is said to be the most expensive in the world. However, Amazon producers said the $1 billion budget for the series, which premiered in Los Angeles with CEO Jeff Bezos in attendance, was a “bargain.”

The series, which will launch on September 2 on the “Amazon Prime Video” platform, is considered a personal obsession of the multibillionaire Bezos – the founder of the popular online trading site, which turned to streaming.

The ambitious adaptation of the universe created by J. RR Tolkien in his novels, began when five years ago the company of the richest man on the planet bought the rights from the heirs of the British writer for 250 million dollars.

The series will have five seasons, each lasting ten hours.

At the premiere earlier in the week, Jeff Bezos joined the show’s stars and producers at Culver Studios in Los Angeles, where the first two episodes were screened before a spectacular show featuring dozens of light-up drones.

Jeff Brezos and Lauren Sanchez at the series premiere

Photo: AR/BTA

Producer Lindsey Webber said that the $1 billion budget might be a touchy subject to talk about, but people will see that “the money really is on the screen“.

The staggering cost of the produce is explained by “the construction of five seasons” she said walking the red carpet.

If you look at how much it costs to make a feature film, it’s a real bargain compared to that“, Webber added, referring to the big-budget blockbusters of the most prestigious Hollywood studios.

The action in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power takes place 4,000 years before Peter Jackson’s film trilogy and the original books – during the Second Age, a fictional historical period in Tolkien’s universe about which the writer has given relatively few details.

The cast, standing in front of the camera, is relatively unknown worldwide, reports BTA. Morfid Clarke and Robert Aramaio play the young versions of Galadriel and Elrond, characters that fans know well from The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

It’s an epic adventure story with universal themes where labor and love have gone into it. We all worked very, very hard on it and I hope people like it” commented Robert Aramaio at the premieres in Los Angeles.