Amazon Prime has a Tolkien epic series on the way, and if its newly revealed synopsis is accurate it will be- you guessed it, EPIC. Obtained by Tolkien fansite theonering.net, the synopsis text describes the series as an epic drama that predates both of The Hobbit and The Lords of the Rings, Tolkiens greatest masterpieces, by TWO THOUSAND YEARS.
Is that BC or AD or…
With descriptions of fabled middle Earth history previously unexplored and the presence of some known characters, the part that has gotten the most attention of Tolkien aficionados states that the series will feature “the greatest ever villain that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen”. Who would that be, Morgoth?Sauron? Who? Tell us right bloody now, Amazon Prime!
Here’s the full synopsis;
Amazon Studios’ forthcoming series brings to screens for the very first time the heroic legends of the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth’s history. This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and will take viewers back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the finest of threads, and the greatest villain that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness. Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the elf-capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the furthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone.
Amazon Prime quickly confirmed the synopsis on Twitter, the official handle for the upcoming movie announcing their excitement.
This new LOTR is currently planned as a 5-season series at minimum, with 8 to 10 episodes per season. The two part pilot, directed by the Juan Antonio Bayona, has completed recording and is in post production.
Amazon has already released a Teaser map for the new flick, with the island of Numenor clearly set to play a central role.