Earlier this month it was reported that Amazon was in talks with Warner Bros. Television and the estate of author J.R.R. Tolkien for the rights to adapt The Lord of the Rings into a TV series.
As it turns out, things were farther along than we thought. Amazon has confirmed that they have now reached a deal, and are officially committed to not just one single season of a Lord of the Rings TV series, but a multi-season adaptation of the timeless fantasy books Tolkien penned. But it won’t just be a new take on the story we saw play out in Peter Jackson’s movie trilogy. Instead, the series will focus on new storylines which take place before the events of The Fellowship of the Ring. And there’s even an added bonus to the deal that could mean an eventual spinoff series as well.
Rejoice, fantasy fans! When the final season of Game of Thrones comes to a close, we no longer have to be devastated about it. OK—we don’t have to be devastated for too long, anyway. Let’s be honest, I weep at least once a week just thinking about it. But I swallow a pint of Ben & Jerry’s like it’s an Advil, and move on with my day. Like a responsible adult. Other networks would sacrifice anything adorable you can think of to have what HBO has in Thrones, but instead of finding that next untapped book series to adapt into a hit, one big name is looking to an old classic: The Lord of the Rings.
Amazon Studios has entered into negotiations with Warner Brothers Television and author J.R.R. Tolkien‘s estate in hopes of developing a TV series based on Tolkien’s legendary story.
iZombie – The Complete First Season DVD
Starring Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley, and David Anders
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Release Date: September 29, 2015
iZombie returns to The CW for season 2 in less than a week, so if you want to catch up on all things perky zombie medical assistant, you need to purchase iZombie – The Complete First Season. All 13 lively episodes are on 3 discs, and include deleted scenes, as well as the SDCC 2014 iZombie panel with creators Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright, and stars Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley, and David Anders.
Kevin McDonald has been signed on to direct the first two episodes of the 9-episode Hulu series, 11/22/63, based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. McDonald’s creds include The Last King of Scotland and State of Play. He will join writer Bridget Carpenter and executive producers King and J.J. Abrams.
New actors joining the cast of the show have also been announced in Chris Cooper and Cherry Jones, joining James Franco, who is already signed on to play lead Jake Epping.
Gotham returns next Monday, April 13th, and oh how we’ve missed it. To get ready for its highly anticipated return, FOX has released a plethora of videos including two trailers for the upcoming Episode 1.19 “Beasts of Prey,” and an inside look into Gotham’s oldest/newest villain, the Ogre (Milo Ventimiglia), a serial killer that toys with beautiful young women before he kills them.
Check out all the videos of that, plus get a little insight into Ed Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) and Dr. Leslie Thompkins (Morena Baccharin) here below.