In a move that is both appropriate and exciting, Amazon studios have announced that the upcoming TV series for “Lord of the Rings” will be filmed in New Zealand! The series is based on the J.R.R Tolkien novels we all know and love, and pre-production has officially begun. Production will begin in Auckland in the coming months.
Showrunners and executive producers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay stated: “As we searched for the location in which we could bring to life the primordial beauty of the Second Age of Middle-earth, we knew we needed to find somewhere majestic, with pristine coasts, forests, and mountains, that also is a home to world-class sets, studios, and highly skilled and experienced craftspeople and other staff. And we’re happy that we are now able to officially confirm New Zealand as our home for our series based on stories from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. We are grateful to the people and the government of New Zealand and especially Auckland for supporting us during this pre-production phase. The abundant measure of Kiwi hospitality with which they have welcomed us has already made us feel right at home, and we are looking forward to deepening our partnership in the years to come.”
Set in Middle-earth, the television adaptation will explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’. J.A. Bayona is set to direct the first two episodes.