Lord of the Rings TV series coming to Amazon Prime

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New York  — Amazon says it has acquired the global television rights to The Lord of the Rings, based on the fantasy novels by J.R.R. Tolkien, with a multi-season commitment.

Set in Middle Earth, this TV series will explore new story lines preceding Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring. The deal includes a potential additional spin-off series, Amazon said Monday.

The Lord of the Ring canon was named Amazon customers' favourite book of the millennium in 1999. The three films directed by Peter Jackson earned a combined gross of nearly $6bn worldwide.

No launch date or cast members for the new series was announced by Amazon.

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