Not a single frame of Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings has been shot, but the company’s streaming service has already renewed the series for a second season.
Deadline reports the series will also go on a five-month hiatus after it shoots two episodes of the first season to address any concerns which may arise from the initial production — a structure apparently common in programs with a full-season commitment. J.A. Bayona is slatted to film these debut episodes and serve as an executive producer in the subsequent production block. Potentially, the rest of Season 1 and all of Season 2 could be filmed in quick succession, meaning more episodes of the series could debut quickly when the show finally arrives sometime in 2021.
The series takes viewers back to the Second Age of Middle-earth, when the Dark Lord Morgoth’s best lieutenant, the Maia spirit Sauron, attempted to sway hearts of Men and Elves and assisted in the forging of the Rings of Power. He also engaged in a prolonged conflict with the island nation of Numenor; eventually leading to his capture and the island’s destruction. While we’re still not sure where Amazon’s telling of Second Age history begins, we’re excited to see these events take shape in a format roughly consistent with the film series. Castmembers include Will Poulter, Markella Kavenagh and Joseph Mawle.
Filming is set to commence in New Zealand in the not-too-distant future.