Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings series will be filmed in New Zealand

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Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed in New Zealand, and the films were so popular that it helped turn the country into a big tourist attraction. Today, Amazon Studios has announced that its series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings will be shooting in New Zealand as well. Pre-production has commenced, with production starting in Auckland soon.

“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,” said showrunners and executive producers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. “We are grateful to the people and the government of New Zealand and especially Auckland for supporting us during this pre-production phase. The abundant measure of Kiwi hospitality with which they have welcomed us has already made us feel right at home, and we are looking forward to deepening our partnership in the years to come.”

Amazon Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings series will be set during the Second Age of Middle-earth and will feature new storylines.

It is executive produced by showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. J.A. Bayona (Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom) is attached as the director of the first two episodes, and he also serves as an executive producer with his partner Belén Atienza. Joining them are executive producers Lindsey Weber (10 Cloverfield Lane), Bruce Richmond (Game of Thrones), Gene Kelly (Boardwalk Empire), Sharon Tal Yguado, Gennifer Hutchison (Breaking Bad), Jason Cahill (The Sopranos), and Justin Doble (Stranger Things).

The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films from director Peter Jackson grossed almost $6 billion worldwide at the box office.

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