Amazon Land Director J.A. Bayona to Helm First Two ‘Lord of the Rings’ Series Episodes
What will The Lord of the Rings look like when it translates to the small screen for Amazon Studios’ upcoming series? Helping to shape a little bit of that vision will be director J.A. Bayona, who just signed on to direct the first two episodes.
Bayona, best known for his work in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and The Orphanage, will not only oversee the creation of the first two episodes, but he’s also signed on as an executive producer along with his partner Belen Atienza.
“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,” said Bayona. “I can’t wait to take audiences around the world back to Middle-earth and have them discover the wonders of the Second Age, with a never-before-seen story.”
“We are thrilled to have J.A. and Belen joining the fellowship as we continue to develop this epic series,” said writers JD Payne and Patrick McKay. “We have been great admirers of J.A.’s work for years, and know that his epic, cinematic, and deeply heartfelt aesthetic is the perfect sensibility to bring Middle-earth to life anew.”
Bayona has some experience in the television world as well, previously working on the first two episodes of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful series.
As of yet, no casting details have leaked for the series. Amazon gave their Lord of the Rings series a multi-year order after inking a deal to create it back in late 2017.
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