The largest television series ever made, it has a nice ring to it. How else do you describe the mamoth $465 million price tag of just one season!
Die hard Lord of the Rings fans are counting the days to the release of the fantasy series, which will now cost far more than previous record-breaking estimates.
The cost was revealed in official documents filed in New Zealand, where the show will be filmed.
According to The HollyWood Reporter, by comparison, HBO’s Game of Thrones cost roughly $100 million to produce per season.
Its per-episode cost started around $6 million for the first season and eventually rose to around $15 million per episode in season eight.
There are considerable startup costs involved when trying to recreate Middle Earth for screen; such as sets, costumes and props, that will be used throughout the filming process.
Amazon bought the TV rights for “The Lord of the Rings” for $250 million in 2017. The new series will be set thousands of years before the storylines that we saw in “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” novels and films and will feature “familiar and new” characters, as well as “the greatest villain that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen,” according to the show’s official description.
Production of the show has begun and is estimated to air in 2021.