Are you ready for 'The Lord of the Rings: The Series?'

That Amazon Studios has emerged as a potential home for the LOTR TV series comes as little surprise given the genre-focused programming bush Bezos has mandated.

Earlier this year, Warner Bros and the legal body which manages the writer's work settled an $80m (£61m) lawsuit over profit participation in regards to the film franchise.

Yesterday evening, Variety dropped something of a bombshell announcement: according to their report, Warner Bros. and Amazon Studios are now in negotiations to get a Lord Of The Rings series off the ground. And the world of Middle Earth is undeniably rich with source material; Tolkien left behind no shortage of mythology, history, and side plots to explore, and Peter Jackson's phenomenally successful trilogy has familiarized a large audience with the basics.

The news comes four months after Warner Bros. and the Tolkien estate settled an United States dollars 80 million lawsuit after a five-year battle. TV are in talks with Amazon Studios to make a Lord of the Rings series into a reality.

Bezos being involved directly with the negotiations is fascinating, as you'd think he had more important things to do than negotiate content deals, but his involvement signals a few things. Television and Amazon were already in talks for the series, it seems that Netflix is still in the running, whereas powerhouse HBO has apparently already turned down the offer.

While others have been less negative, most agree that adapting the books to TV is "treading on some very thin ice".

Last month Amazon Studios flushed its executive ranks, with president Roy Price, head of scripted Joe Lewis, and head of unscripted Conrad Riggs all departing.

Peter Jackson's The Lord Of The Rings trilogy made a total of almost $3bn (£2.2bn) at the box office when it was released in three instalments between 2001 and 2003.

"The #Lord of the Rings", as the gentle reader no doubt knows, was made into three epic motion pictures at the beginning of the century, directed by Peter Jackson.

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