On Monday, November 13th, 2017 Amazon announced they are forking over $250 million for the rights to the new Lord of the Rings TV show. For months, Jeff Bezos has expressed displeasure in the fact that HBO and Netflix are beating Amazon at streaming content and quality of television shows. He is putting his wallet behind his words and is spending a boatload to create the Lord of the Rings TV show for Amazon Prime users. So, when will it come out? What is the actual release date?
This early in the game, it is nearly impossible to predict the premiere date for the Lord of the Rings Amazon TV show. They haven’t even started thinking about production. There is no cast and a producer and showrunner have yet to be named. This means we are looking at early 2019 at the earliest. That would be if everything goes as planned.
The more likely release date for Lord of the Rings on Amazon will be summer 2019. This would make a lot of sense as Game of Thrones will have concluded on HBO and diehard fantasy fans will be dying for a new show. Even though HBO is talking about multiple spinoffs of Game of Thrones, Amazon may time it perfectly by dropping the Lord of the Rings TV show in the summer of 2019.
We also do not know if they will drop an entire series at once, as they currently do, or release an episode a week. Amazon is much like Netflix in that Prime users get to binge watch and entire season in one sitting. Most Amazon Prime shows are released on a Friday giving fans an opportunity to watch an entire season over the weekend. We are not certain how they will treat Lord of the Rings.
Over the next several months we will highlight some of the important news when it comes to the Lord of the Rings Amazon TV show. This includes cast, producers, release date and when we will get the pilot.