It looks like New Zealand might stand in for Middle-Earth one more time. There are speculations that Amazon's Lord of the Rings series will be filmed in the same locations Peter Jackson used in the films.
According to Omega Underground, Amazon is already considering the possibility of filming the new series in New Zealand. Although Amazon has not yet confirmed any production plans, they could be scouting possible locations around the country.
It's no surprise that Amazon is looking into filming the new series in New Zealand. Most of the country's landscape worked perfectly for Jackson in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy as well as The Hobbit movies. Amazon might even choose to collaborate with New Zealand-based Weta Workshop, the special effects company that helped Jackson in the past.
Not much is known about the Lord of the Rings series just yet. However, fans believe that the show could feature familiar characters. One rumor suggests that the series will focus on a young Aragorn, who was portrayed by Viggo Mortensen in Jackson's films. The Amazon series could follow Aragorn through childhood and his discovery about his true heritage as the heir of Isildur.
It was recently reported that Star Trek screenwriters JD Payne and Patrick McKay will develop the series. Amazon is preparing a $1 billion budget for the highly anticipated show.
The Lord of the Rings series is still in the early stages of development. Nevertheless, the show is expected to premiere in 2020.