Comic-Con Festival: Amazon unveils its series from the “Lord of the Rings”

Lord of the Rings fans were able to get some details about the series from their favorite trilogy. From wandering hobbits, enslaved elves, a bearded dwarf and a Balrog, Amazon has finally lifted the lid on the highly anticipated series from The Lord of the Rings, premiering to fans Friday at Comic-Con in San Diego. Amazon Prime bought the rights for $250 million five years ago.

Fans at Comic-Con, many of whom waited in line all night to secure a seat in the room, were treated to exclusive clips from the first season of “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.” , as well as interviews with the creators of the series and about twenty actors.

Amazon reportedly budgeted over $1 billion for the five scheduled seasons of “Rings of Power.” Each of them must last ten hours. The first season, which will air from September 2, “reintroduces” the world of Middle-earth, underlines Patrick McKay, the series’ co-creator. More specifically, “The Rings of Power” is set against the backdrop of the “Second Age”, a fictional historical period of the universe invented by Tolkien and about which he provided relatively little detail.

A personal obsession for Jeff Bezos

This series is supposed to be a personal obsession of Jeff Bezos, the multi-billionaire founder of Amazon. It is above all the most spectacular blow ever played by the group in the “streaming war” which pits it against its major competitors Netflix and Disney +. A big chunk of the show’s budget was spent building out-of-the-ordinary sets and costumes, which wowed fans gathered in San Diego.

Even if the plot remains confidential, the extracts broadcast on Friday represented in particular the island of Numenor, whose details projected on a giant encompassing screen snatched admiring cries from the spectators. “We built an entire city with several blocks and an entire wharf, it’s crazy and gigantic,” added Patrick McKay.

The series will have to compete, in terms of popularity and audience, with the spin-off series of “Game of Thrones”, “House of the Dragon”, which will be presented Saturday at Comic-Con by HBO. This is the first time in three years that the festival devoted to fantasy in all its forms has taken place face-to-face, after two virtual editions due to the pandemic. Disney will close the event on Saturday by presenting its future productions and many fans hope to be able to discover images of the next Marvel film dedicated to the superhero Black Panther, “Wakanda Forever”.

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