Amazon’s Lord Of The Rings Series Will Shoot in New Zealand
Amazon Studios has announced that The Lord of the Rings series that they are currently developing will shoot in New Zealand, which is where Peter Jackson filmed his adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth novels. New Zealand is Middle Earth, so it makes sense that they would want to shoot there.
Showrunners and executive producers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay had this to say in a statement:
As we searched for the location in which we could bring to life the primordial beauty of the Second Age of Middle-earth, we knew we needed to find somewhere majestic, with pristine coasts, forests, and mountains, that also is a home to world-class sets, studios, and highly skilled and experienced craftspeople and other staff. And we’re happy that we are now able to officially confirm New Zealand as our home for our series based on stories from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. We are grateful to the people and the government of New Zealand and especially Auckland for supporting us during this pre-production phase. The abundant measure of Kiwi hospitality with which they have welcomed us has already made us feel right at home, and we are looking forward to deepening our partnership in the years to come.
I wonder if this means that Peter Jackson’s VFX house Weta will be working on the series as well, but that remains to be seen. It would be pretty cool if they were involved and if Jackson did help out in some capacity. One thing’s for sure, the setting for the film is going to be beautiful.