Peter Jackson, the director of the original 'Lord of the Rings' film trilogy, is reportedly in talks with Amazon about its forthcoming TV series set in the same universe.
According to a new report, Jackson's lawyer "recently helped start a dialogue between Jackson and Amazon" ahead of production.
That's not to say the New Zealander will definitely be involved in Amazon's series. But it's possible.
Getting Jackson on board would be a major coup for Amazon. As well as directing the original 'Lord of the Rings' films, he also helmed 'The Hobbit' trilogy, which served as a prequel to J.R.R. Tolkien's masterpiece.
Amazon reportedly spent $250 million on acquiring the rights to the series. This new report says the cost of the project could exceed $1 billion.
It also says Amazon must start production by November 2019.
New Line Cinema and its parent company Warner Bros. (both of which brought Jackson's trilogy to the screen) have also been talking to Amazon. Which suggests we could see material and characters from Jackson's films appear in the Amazon series.
The show will reportedly focus on "previously unexplored stories" based on Tolkien's writings.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos tasked his team with finding the next 'Game of Thrones'. Looks like this pricey extravaganza could be it.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter