Today I have learned that Bad Robot Productions will be joining the production of Amazon’s upcoming series adaptation of The Lord of the Rings.
The series is set in the Second Age of Middle-earth, before the events of the Lord of the Rings novel and films. Amazon Studios is producing in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins, and New Line Cinema. You can add Bad Robot to the list now, as I have learned that J.J. Abrams’ production company will now be working on the forthcoming show.
Bad Robot’s responsibility is to ensure that the series gets made to a high standard. It is possible that the series is currently facing creative problems or problems related to the production of the series, though that seems unlikely. The level of quality and scale that Amazon Studios is going for with this The Lord of the Rings series seems massive, and they might just need Bad Robot to be able to achieve it.
Bad Robot Productions has been responsible for television series such as Lost and Westworld, alongside having produced film franchises like Star Trek, Star Wars, and Mission Impossible. On September 12, 2019, Bad Robot officially announced a new five-year overall deal with WarnerMedia. According to The Hollywood Reporter, WarnerMedia agreed to pay Bad Robot at least $250 million (plus various financial incentives) to produce feature films, television shows, video games, and digital content.
Star Trek duo J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay serve as writers and showrunners of The Lord of the Rings series, with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom director J.A. Bayona helming the first two episodes. The cast consists of; Robert Aramayo, Markella Kavenagh, Owain Arthur, Maxim Baldry, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Budge, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Ema Horvath, Joseph Mawle, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, and Daniel Weyman.
The Lord of the Rings resumed production in New Zealand on September 28th, with the first two episodes having finished production. The show is set to premiere on Prime Video in 2021, with a second season having already been ordered.