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The Week in Geek – The Hobbits Are Going to Amazon and James Franco is Going to the X-Men

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Amazon pays big bucks to secure a Lord of the Rings TV show

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If you thought you’d seen the last of Middle Earth after that…let’s call it divisive trilogy of The Hobbit, you thought wrong. On Monday, Amazon revealed that they have secured the rights to a television series based on The Lord of the Rings, to be produced by Amazon Studios alongside the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins, and New Line Cinema. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos didn’t provide numbers, but reports have it that Amazon paid anywhere between $200 and $250 million just for the rights, and that the TV show could end up costing well over $1 billion by the end.

Amazon is being awfully bold about the project, too. Throwing caution to the wind, they’ve already locked in five seasons of the show, plus a potential spin-off. Should we be optimistic? Who knows! All we know is that it won’t be a retelling of the trilogy — the announcement says the series will take place before the Fellowship took off for Mordor. That could refer to events happening at the same time as The Hobbit, but there’s always the chance that Amazon also got rights to The Silmarillion, the collection of Tolkien stories that tells the history of the universe where The Lord of the Rings takes place. There’s an awful lot of material in there, is what we’re saying.

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