Amazon Hires ‘Fallen Kingdom’ Director to Helm ‘Lord of the Rings’ Series

As of now we still know very little about Amazon's Lord of the Rings series, but it's said to be one of the most expensive television shows ever made. Just in, the show has found someone to direct the first few episodes.

As per Deadline, Amazon has hired Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom director J.A. Bayona to direct the first two episodes of their Lord of the Rings show. Bayona said about landing the job:

"J.R.R. Tolkien created one of the most extraordinary and inspiring stories of all time, and as a lifelong fan it is an honor and a joy to join this amazing team… I can't wait to take audiences around the world to Middle-earth and have them discover the wonders of the Second Age, with a never before seen story."

With the cinematic version of LOTR making its mark in cinematic history, it's very curious if this show is going to take place in the same continuity or come up with their own lore more faithful to the books. If anything, I think it would be best if they kept to the established movie universe, but I guess it would be harder to bring back characters like Elrond or Gandalf whose actors I imagine, have hefty talent fees for a television show.

Head of Amazon Studios Jennifer Salke also had this to say about Bayona's involvement:

"The scope and breadth of J.A.'s world-building is exactly the right fit for our ambitions for The Lord of the Rings… He's a passionate and collaborative director who has brought new stories to life with his multitalented producing partner, Belén. We are all excited for them to join our writers JD Payne and Patrick McKay, and we can't think of a better way to begin this journey to Middle-earth."

We don't have a release date for Amazon's Lord of the Rings yet, but hopefully, we get some kind of first look before 2019 ends.

See Also: Parks and Rec's Nick Offerman Auditioned for the Role of Gimli in LOTR

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