Amazon Knows Where Its ‘Lord of the Rings’ Will Film, May Do More ‘Good Omens’ [TCA 2019]

/Film | 7/27/2019 | Fred Topel
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Last summer, Amazon was able to announce the showrunners for their The Lord of the Rings series, Patrick McKay and JD Payne. But since then, news on Lord of the Rings has been largely kept in shadow, with a few images of maps and the announcement of one potential cast member in Markella Kavenagh.

Today’s Amazon executive session at the Television Critics Association press tour was another opportunity for a few more incremental updates. Find out more about their planned location, scripting, and casting below, and learn what Amazon executives said about another season of Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens.

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The Lord of the Rings is going to be a massive production, and likely a boon to the economy of wherever it films, and Amazon has settled on a location. They’re just not saying yet.

“We won’t confirm where it’s going to shoot but we’re in preparations,” said Albert Cheng, COO and co-head of TV for Amazon. “We will announce our location soon, but not yet.”

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Of course, the question on everyone’s minds is: will they film in New Zealand, where Peter Jackson filmed his movie trilogies? That would certainly give the show a feeling of continuity with the cinematic world of Middle-earth.

“We have some reasons that we’re not announcing that yet but we will,” Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios, said.

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We understand why Amazon needs to remain tight-lipped about their filming location. They wouldn’t want to jeopardize the production, and as soon as fans find out, they’re going to flock to the set. Once all the deals are signed, there’ll be no keeping it secret.

Amazon had announced its Lord of the Rings series would be set during The Second Age, before the time of either the LOTR or Hobbit films. But beyond that, they haven’t specified a time frame – and they continued...
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