According to Variety, Amazon Studios is involved in discussions with Warner Bros. Television and the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien to develop a series based on the best-selling fantasy novels.
No deal has been struck, but the fact Bezos is reportedly highly involved is a sign he’s serious about a potential deal.
As Variety explains, “The pursuit of the Lord of the Rings is in line with a new programming mandate dictated this year by Bezos, who, months before [former President Roy] Price departed, ordered him to shift Amazon Studios away from niche, naturalistic series such as Transparent and Mozart in the Jungle and toward large-scale genre programming with potential for broad international appeal.”
HBO also was reportedly approached about a deal but ultimately passed because of how much money it already spends on Game of Thrones.