Amazon's 'Lord of the Rings' Season One to Cost $465M | THR News

"This will be the largest television series ever made." The highly-anticipated fantasy series will cost far more than previous record-breaking estimates.

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NEHA JOY: Amazon Studio's "The Lord of the Rings" television adaptation is going to cost all the gold in the Lonely Mountain. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Amazon will spend roughly $650 million New Zealand dollars, which converts to $465 million in the US, for just the first season of the show alone. That's far above previous reports, that estimated an already record breaking $500 million for multiple seasons of the show.

While Amazon declined to comment, Stuart Nash, the country's minister for economic development and tourism, seemingly confirmed the spending. And added, "This is fantastic, it really is. This will be the largest television series ever made." By comparison, another fantasy series, HBO's "Game of Thrones" cost roughly $100 million to produce per season.

Amazon picked up the rights to J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved Middle Earth franchise in 2017. And early on it was estimated the show could end up eventually becoming the world's first TV show to cost $1 billion after factoring the rights deal, production, and marketing for multiple seasons. The show's large cast includes Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Nazanin Boniadi, and Ismael Cruz Cordova, among many others.

The official description reads, "The Lord of the Rings 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.

The series is currently in production for a planned debut later this year. For more TV news and updates, head to For the Hollywood Reporter news, I'm Neha Joy.