On Disney+ right now, Marvel’s Falcon and the Winter Soldier is currently the most expensive TV series ever made at around $25 million per episode. HBO’s Game of Thrones was rumored to cost $15 million per episode in the final season.
Well, hold on to your butts, as they say at Jurassic Park, as they are about to be blown out of the water by The Lord Of The Rings. Season one is costing $465 million alone. Including the rights and associated costs that total is likely to be touching $1 billion by the time it is all added together. There are up to five seasons in those rights. THR Live Feed carried the report.
I hope they know what they are doing.
Well, at least the Kiwis are happy. As they have been adopted as the world’s Hobbits they have reveled in it and made some coin. Stuart Nash, New Zealand minister for economic development and tourism, said this week:
“What I can tell you is Amazon is going to spend about $650 million [New Zealand Dollars] in season one alone… This is fantastic, it really is … this will be the largest television series ever made.”
The New Zealand Government confirmed the figures under their Official Information Act. This includes reference to the five seasons and the potential for a spin-off. Amazon will snare a tax rebate of $114 million U.S. dollars on the investment.
Set to debut later in 2021, this edition of The Lord Of The Rings will tell:
“The heroic legends of the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth’s history which is set thousands of years before the events of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings”
Shooting is underway and the series will debut on Amazon Prime later this year.