[Epoch Times News on August 5, 2021](Epoch Times reporter Liu Qiqing compiles and reports in New Zealand) On August 3, 2021, Amazon Studios stated that it will use the movie “The Lord of the Rings” The TV series modeled on will be released on September 2 next year.
According to RNZ reports, the first season of the TV series has been filmed in New Zealand on August 2 (Monday). The series has 8 episodes and will premiere on Amazon’s Prime Video streaming platform on September 2, 2022 (Friday). New episodes will be released every week.
Previously affected by Covid-19 (Chinese Communist virus), the filming schedule of the drama was slightly affected. According to NZ Herald, the filming of the show was suspended in mid-March last year and resumed in September.
In addition, the drama is one of the few film and television works exempted from the government’s Covid-19 travel ban. Previously, film crews from abroad were able to enter New Zealand and begin their filming tasks after 14 days of quarantine.
According to reports, this show may be the most expensive TV show ever. In the first season alone, Amazon Studios spent about NZ$660 million. The most expensive series in recent years, “Game of Thrones” (Game of Thrones), is estimated to cost $28 million per episode, which is much lower than the production cost of the show.
According to reports, Amazon paid US$338 million for the production rights of the “Lord of the Rings” series, and the total production budget is reported to be US$1.35 billion. Currently, two more seasons are in production.
The producer of the show stated that the show “for the first time” brought the original author, John Ronald Riel Tolkien (JRR Tolkien), “the legendary second era of Middle-earth history on the screen.”
The series is led by the presenter and executive producer JD Payne and Patrick McKay. The cast includes American Cynthia Addison and British Robert Alama About (Robert Aramayo), Welsh actor Owain Arthur (Owain Arthur) and British comedian Sir Lenny Henry (Lenny Henry), etc.
Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, said that the production team worked tirelessly in New Zealand and was happy to bring its amazing vision to fans, allowing them to experience the new journey through Middle-earth. journey.
The series will be another film and television work of the original author since Sir Peter Jackson’s last “The Hobbit” movie in 2014.
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