The move is a major couple for Britain with filming on the first series of Lord of the Rings now complete. As post-production begins, Amazon Studios have turned their attention to future seasons and proudly announced the UK would be home to upcoming shoots.
The series, which does not yet have an official title, is based on JRR Tolkien’s books and is set for release in 2022.
Amazon said the switch to the UK “aligns with the studio’s strategy of expanding its production footprint and investing in studio space across” the country.
Vernon Sanders, VP and co-head of TV at Amazon Studios, said: “We want to thank the people and the government of New Zealand for their hospitality and dedication and for providing The Lord Of The Rings series with an incredible place to begin this epic journey.
“We are grateful to the New Zealand Film Commission, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Tourism New Zealand, Auckland Unlimited, and others for their tremendous collaboration that supported the New Zealand film sector and the local economy during the production of Season One.”
New Zealand was the location for the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the The Hobbit films.
The Amazon series is said to be the most expensive ever made with a budget of £336million.
The move will help to boost the UK economy as it’s likely it will become even more of a tourist destination for fans of Tolkien’s.
JD Payne and Patrick McKay will serve as showrunners and executive producers on the series, while actors announced as being part of the ensemble cast include Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Sophia Nomvete and Lloyd Owen.
The drama will portray Tolkien’s Second Age of Middle-earth’s history, according to Amazon.
It is set thousands of years before The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings books and features the “long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth”.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “Delighted to hear that Amazon will be making their blockbuster second series of Lord Of The Rings right here in the UK.
“With our strengths in talent, production and the great environment created by UK Government initiatives, including the creative tax reliefs and the Film and TV Restart Scheme, it’s clear that we are attracting the very best content-makers in the world to our shores.
“Thousands of high-quality jobs all across the UK will be created and supported by The Lord Of The Rings television series so this is very exciting news as we build back better.”
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Amazon shared a first look image of the series earlier this month and fans immediately began to speculate about where the location was.
Some believe it is of a Númenórean city, which would confirm to the Second Age setting of the series.
However, on closer inspection, some viewers pointed out the city in the pictures is Valinor, better known as the Undying Lands.
Two tall trees can be seen beyond the city and these appear to be a source of light for the city.
This means the series will take place before their destruction, which is a major plot line of the Second Age.
Many fans have taken to Twitter to comment on the location change with one posting: “Some people are complaining because the #LordOfTheRings Amazon second season will be filmed in the UK instead of NZ.
“I think it was a crime Jackson filmed it in NZ when Tolkien based the books on locations in England.”
Another added: “It’s a shame to see the #LordOfTheRings TV series move from New Zealand to the U.K.
“Given all films were shot there, it feels kind of wrong to move it here. Mind you, plenty of goblin/orc casting can come from Medway. Wouldn’t need the makeup/prosthetics.”
Published at Fri, 13 Aug 2021 13:41:00 +0000