Amazon has selected its showrunners for its Lord of the Rings show

The great show of Amazon's Middle Earth based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien advances slowly. During the press conference of the Association of Television Critics this week, the company says it has brought two writers, JD Payne and Patrick McKay to write and develop the series.

The two writers are relatively new: both worked on the original script of Star Trek: Beyond and were part of the writer's room for Godzilla vs. Kong and are writing next sequel to Star Trek: Beyond which will be directed by SJ Clarkson. Deadline says the duo will help manage a writer's space for the project, and that Amazon Studios director Jennifer Salke said during a panel that they will now work on the ongoing development of the program. He also indicated that the study had had several opportunities before selecting Payne and McKay.

Earlier this year, reports surfaced that Amazon could set up its show in the same world as Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. While Jackson has denied being involved in the series, Deadline says that "conversations continue with Jackson about potential involvement and about possibly filming the series in his sets in New Zealand."

The Middle Earth show, reportedly, will not be a direct adaptation of The rhyme of The Lord of the Rings (19459006), but will "" explore new stories before JRR The Fellowship of the Ring by Tolkien, "with a possible derivative series is also part of the deal." The show will not be cheap: it is reported that Amazon will pay around $ 250 for franchise rights, with production costs estimated at $ 500 million

Bringing in Payne and McKay – both of whom have worked extensively in other existing universes – to develop the show is a solid step to bring the show closer to reality.In their statement, they said "the rich world that JRR Tolkien created is full of majesty and heart, wisdom and complexity, "and that they recognize the" great responsibility "they have in adapting.

Last year, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos led the study of his company to find" high-end dramatic series with global appeal. "Since then, the studio has been on the verge of falling apart, acquiring great science fiction and fantasy properties, including Larry Niven Ringworld and Neal Stephenson ] Snow Crash an adaptation of Channel 4 Utopia William Gibson & # 39; s Peripheral a show about Nazi hunters by Jordan Peele, Simon Stålenhag Tales from the Loop art, and has collected shows recently canceled as The Expanse and Lucifer on top of this adaptation of the epic world of Tolkien.

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