Lord of the Rings TV series begins filming in New Zealand
New Zealand is gearing up for the most expensive television production of all time.
According to industry sources, Lord of the Rings TV series – which will air on Amazon Prime - will cost a whopping US$1.5-billion to make.
The production – which is slated to take five years in the making – is setting up shop in West Auckland, New Zealand. According to sources, businesses around the area have been forced to sign non-disclosure agreements by Amazon Studios, to guard against leaks.
The Auckland films industry has said that two studios are already doing pre-production work on the show (in fact, it’s rumoured that select teams have been working on this project in secret for the better part of the year).
It was previously thought that the new Lord of the Rings TV series would begin filming in Scotland, but it seems that Auckland will be getting the lion’s share of the filming budget.
The new Lord of the Rings show will take place in the Second Age, a 3,441-year period in which the rings of power were forged, the war with Sauron began, the Ringwraiths were created and when Numenor island sank into the ocean.
It was also when the Elven city of Rivendell was created, and the great battle where men, elves and dwarves fought together for the first time against the evil Sauron.
A popular rumour was that the show would follow a young Aragorn, but that seems to be no longer the case.
JD Payne and Patrick McKay are writing Amazon’s new Lord of the Rings show, and neither have any writing credits to their name. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing; David Benioff and D.B. Weiss had no previous experience, and they went ahead and made Game of Thrones.
There is still a lot of secrecy around the new Lord of the Rings television show. There’s still no premiere date, nor confirmed casting choices.