Amazon is going all-out for its original series, but that money has to come from somewhere. The company confirms its Prime membership costs will rise 20% next month, and it may just have to do with all those expensive new TV offerings like Lord of the Rings.
We knew Amazon would pay a pretty penny to develop its own Lord of the Rings TV series, but they might as well raid Smaug’s lair. New estimates put the TV iteration of Middle Earth at $500 million (to start!), and all before Amazon has even assigned talent to the project.
Amazon spent ungodly amounts of money for a Lord of the Rings TV series, and they’ve barely sketched it out. The prequel drama likely wouldn’t connect to Peter Jackson’s films, but Sir Ian McKellen says Amazon has another thing coming if they recast Gandalf.
Well, we knew Amazon was looking for its own Game of Thrones; we just didn’t think they’d aim this high. A full-scale Lord of the Rings TV series is in development at Warner Bros., with Amazon leading the pack in an understandably competitive bid.
It was one thing to see David Tennant and Michael Sheen sporting dye jobs for Amazon and Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens, but it’s quite another to see them in costume. Meet Crowley and Aziraphale in a fresh photo from the 2018 limited series based on Terry Pratchett’s work!
We knew Amazon wouldn’t stay out of the zombie genre after Zombieland, but adding Glenn Close to lead the next venture is another matter. The Damages and Guardians of the Galaxy star will join Sea Oak, a new half-hour comedy about undead revenge.
Amazon’s feud with Apple might have suddenly ended. The streaming service has been loath to give Apple TV access to its Prime video app, or even sell Apple products, for the past two years, but it looks like Amazon Prime is coming to an Apple TV near you, and it could be very soon.
We thought perhaps John Krasinski’s Amazon take on Jack Ryan had finished its major cast, but with production looming, another major name joins the fray. Film icon Peter Fonda will join the series in a “key” role, beginning with the first episode.