Pre-production is ramping up in New Zealand for Amazon’s adaptation of The Lord Of The Rings and the company is going all in, renewing the show for a second season before filming starts on the first. The series has been in the works since 2017. While Amazon committed to a multi-season commitment, the company still needs to greenlight each additional season.
After filming the first two episodes of the series, which are directed by J.A. Bayona, the staff will take a 4-5 month break, to map out the second season and evaluate the footage of the first two episodes. The potential is there to shoot both seasons back to back in order to save money, something Peter Jackson did while shooting the movie trilogy.
Lord Of The Rings is showrun and executive produced by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. It will explore and expand the world of Middle Earth, as created by J.R.R. Tolkien.