Amazon will set new standards with its upcoming series set against the backdrop of JRR Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings”. In any case, this affects the production costs. Considering that there is surprisingly little marketing for the product. “The Rings of Power” will be by far the most expensive series of all time. According to a report by the American magazine IndieWire Amazon is letting the first season cost a whopping $450 million.
That’s really an extraordinarily high amount – even when compared to comparable productions: each of the three “Lord of the Rings” films costs less than $100 million. And the production of the hit series “Game of Thrones” has not crossed the line of $90 million per season and $15 million per episode. In this regard, the upcoming serial implementation of the famous Middle-earth stories will not only be an all-time record for the still relatively young streaming industry. Top values can also be expected here for film production in general. The investment also demonstrates the importance Amazon’s management attaches to this product.
It will be less than two months before the first season airs on Amazon Prime. In light of this, it is somewhat surprising that advertising fire is not sprayed from all the tubes for long. Apparently, Amazon’s marketing team is counting on the hype to fully ignite, even if the series isn’t advertised much more than all the other productions. This hope is not unfounded, however, given the general fascination with Middle-earth material for decades.
Started long ago
Since no trailers have appeared that give even a more concrete impression of the content of the series, one has to fall back on the original work here: “Rings of Power” plays – at least that much is known – in the Second Age and thus more than 3000 years before the events of the Lord of the Rings. It was at this time that the first major confrontation with Sauron took place and the famous rings were just being forged. Nevertheless, there will be a reunion for the fans with some characters from previous productions. This is mainly due to the extremely long-lived elves. Both Galadriel and Elrond can already be found in the cast of the series. The series will also visit famous locations such as Nmenor and the Misty Mountains.
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