The Lord of the Rings: Unveiling an Alternate Middle-earth
The creators of the Amazons the Lord of the Rings unveiled the most comprehensive look yet at the series at the annual Comic-Con in San Diego, promising an entirely different immersion into the fantasy world of Middle-earth.
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The expensive series – subtitled power rings and filmed in New Zealand– is set 4,000 years before the events of the bestselling film adaptations of writer JRR Tolkien’s beloved books, in the era known as the Second Age.
Peter Jackson’s movies were set in the Third Age, which was “post-apocalyptic, all those realms have fallen,” Patrick McKay, co-creator of the new series, told fans in a packed convention hall.
rings of power begins with Middle-earth in a time of peace, “vibrant and filled with light,” and showcases the glittering island kingdom of Numenor, McKay said. The harfoots, predecessors of the hobbits, are nomads and “far from the Shire”, he said.
“It’s meeting every people of Middle-earth in a different place,” McKay said.
Co-creator JD Payne said the tranquility at the start of the story quickly becomes threatened.
“Just imagine your home, your family, your job, your cosplay costume, the things that mean the most to you,” Payne said.
“Then suddenly imagine everything that is about to be swept away. How far would you go in the dark to protect them? This is the story we are telling,” he said.
McKay and Payne appeared with several great cast members, including Morfydd Clark, who plays the young elf warrior Galadriel, and Robert Aramayo, who plays the half-elf Elrond.
Amazon released a three-minute trailer to build excitement for the series ahead of its September 2 debut on its Prime Video streaming service.
The company plans to let the story unfold in 50 hours over five seasons.
The online retailer spent an estimated NZ$743 million to produce the first installment of the show, which was filmed in New Zealand, making it one of the most expensive TV shows ever produced.
New Zealand – no longer the home of Lord of the Rings
In April 2021, the government struck a deal with Amazon that gave the global giant over $100 million to film The Lord of the Rings TV series in the country.
Under a memorandum of understanding, Amazon was to receive an additional 5% of the screen production subsidy on top of the 20% subsidy the production already qualified for.
Filming for the first season wrapped in August 2021, after production was suspended for two weeks in mid-March 2020 due to Covid.
The series was one of a handful of productions benefiting from exemptions from New Zealand’s Covid-19 travel ban, allowing crew members from outside the country to work here after undergoing testing and a quarantine period.
According to Economic Development Minister Stuart Nash, the shooting resulted in the creation of 2,000 jobs in a Covid-hit year.
However, in August of the same year, Amazon Studios told the government that post-production work on the first season would continue in New Zealand until June 2022, but the second season would be filmed in the UK.
In a statement, Amazon said: “The move from New Zealand to the UK aligns with the studio’s strategy to expand its production footprint and invest in studio space across the UK. United, with many series and films from Amazon Studios already calling the United Kingdom. “.
Nash said RNZ Amazon’s decision was a business decision and denied the decision had anything to do with pandemic rules and mandatory MIQ stays.