The films were some of the highest-grossing in Hollywood history, and now a TV series based on the 'Lord of the Rings' books could be coming to a streaming service near you.
Amazon and Netflix are said to be in the running to house the new series, which is currently being touted around a number of big-name production companies. US network HBO has apparently already pulled out, having balked at the price.
Which is hardly surprising, considering the J.R.R. Tolkien estate is asking for $200-$250 million for the rights to the project. That's just for the rights – any production company taking it on would then have to finance actual production, which would likely cost hundreds of millions of dollars more.
Amazon is said to be the front-runner, with CEO Jeff Bezos himself being personally involved in negotiations. Amazon has gone big on sci-fi and fantasy recently, and was said to be looking for the next 'Game of Thrones'. Which a 'Lord of the Rings' series could well be.
The talks are still in the early stages, with actors and a writer yet to be found.