The Lord of the Rings series coming to Amazon Prime Video has started the next phase of production by bringing in writers for the new series.

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At their TCA panel, Amazon announced that the writing duo of JD Payne and Patrick McKay to bring the streaming service’s Lord of the Rings series to life. According to a statement from the duo;

“The rich world that J.R.R. Tolkien created is filled with majesty and heart, wisdom and complexity,” the writing partners said in a statement. “We are absolutely thrilled to be partnering with Amazon to bring it to life anew. We feel like Frodo, setting out from the Shire, with a great responsibility in our care — it is the beginning of the adventure of a lifetime.”

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The series, which will precede The Fellowship of the Ring is expected to be the most expensive series ever with a $500 million dollar budget.

Payne and McKay have completed the script for Star Trek 4 (not the Tarantino Trek flick) and also completed the script for the Disney ride feature film Jungle Cruise starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt.

According to Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salk, the series will probably not premiere before 2021.

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