Amazon Just Made History with One Season of LOTR

Credit: New Line Cinema
Move over, Game of Thrones. Amazon is stepping up its game and adding a fantasy blockbuster piece of entertainment to its platform. 

Amazon's The Lord of the Rings is an epic drama set hundreds of centuries before the original trilogy and spin-offs. 

With a whopping $465 million, it's going to be Amazon's biggest piece of media ever released while also being the most expensive show in television history.

And remember, this is just the first season alone. 

Where Did the Money Come From?

The studio applied for certain grants that they knew would benefit themselves and those around them. The main country they worked on a deal with is New Zealand. 

Minister for Economic Development, Stuart Nash, told Morning Report, "This provides the opportunity for New Zealand to strengthen its international brand, with a campaign to promote New Zealand as the 'Home of the Lord of the Rings' series, timed to coincide with the airing of the first season on international screens."  

Credit: New Line Cinema

This is a side to the industry that isn't talked about much and is really interesting. All this money being put into films has to come from somewhere, right? Even though applying for grants seems like something a student or indie-level filmmaker would do, big studios utilize it all the time to secure lasting funding. 

What Can We Expect?

If you were a fan of the original trilogy and surrounding films, this is shaping up to be a very exciting project to follow. 

Although there have been several films about The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, we have yet to get a real deep dive into the mythology of the world of Middle-earth leading up to the stories we know and love.

With a budget of this magnitude, and a studio hungry to reach the top, this show looks to be every fantasy lover's dream. 

Are you excited for the new show? Let us know in the comments.     

Editor's note, April 16, 11:45 a.m.: A previous version of this story featured an incorrect headline.

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Wild how they rely on tax credits and grants to find that money when Jeff Bezos could foot the bill for the entire season with about...

...2 days of his pay. Call it 4ish if he paid taxes on that.

How many people are working months of 18hr days on this show?

April 16, 2021 at 2:37PM

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Gezz, how old are you? ... learn something about finance, economics, business, and filmmaking .....

April 23, 2021 at 9:54AM

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Sharon Tal Yguado, a former executive at Amazon Studios, has responded to the recent news about The Lord of the Rings TV show's astronomical season 1 budget. Posting on Twitter, Yguado laughed at the $465 million number for season 1, saying, "Imagine if you actually had the correct numbers and didn't report fake news."

April 23, 2021 at 9:42AM, Edited April 23, 9:47AM

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Chris Stanley
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Why do they call it Lord of the rings if it isn't based on the books?

April 23, 2021 at 9:44AM, Edited April 23, 9:44AM

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Joe Sand
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The rings came into existence long before the time of the trilogy. That's actually in the books.

April 23, 2021 at 11:29AM

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loved it

December 18, 2021 at 9:22AM

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joe jordan
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With a whopping $465 million, it's going to be Amazon's biggest piece of media ever released while also being the most expensive show in television history. And remember, this is just the first season alone.

April 24, 2021 at 1:59AM

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Thanks for the detailed information

December 18, 2021 at 9:22AM

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joe jordan
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