Amazon has determined to supply its upcoming Lord of the Rings TV sequence within the UK from the second season on. Though the primary season was filmed in New Zealand, as with Peter Jackson’s films, Amazon now says pre-production on season two will start early subsequent 12 months within the UK whereas season one post-production continues in New Zealand by means of June.

It’s not clear precisely the place the sequence will likely be shot. Amazon is delivery the advanced units it constructed for the primary season over to the UK and is presently reserving levels for them, according to Deadline. The corporate movies a number of Prime Video sequence within the UK already, together with Neil Gaiman diversifications Good Omens and Anansi Boys.

The transfer to the UK gained’t be with out controversy. Writer J.R.R. Tolkien based mostly Center-earth’s Shire on his experiences residing in rural England, however Jackson’s vivid depictions within the films has made New Zealand’s landscapes simply as carefully related to the franchise, and drove vital tourism to the nation.

“We want to thank the people and the government of New Zealand for their hospitality and dedication and for providing The Lord of the Rings series with an incredible place to begin this epic journey,” Amazon Studios VP Vernon Sanders says in a statement. “We are grateful to the New Zealand Film Commission, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Tourism New Zealand, Auckland Unlimited, and others for their tremendous collaboration that supported the New Zealand film sector and the local economy during the production of Season One.”

Deadline studies that New Zealand’s strict dealing with of the COVID-19 pandemic was a think about Amazon’s determination. Greater than half of the forged is British and has reportedly needed to keep in New Zealand for round two years due to border restrictions and quarantine guidelines. With a base within the UK, the forged will likely be a lot nearer to dwelling, and the producers may additionally have the ability to make use of different areas round Europe.

The primary season of the Lord of the Rings present, which is about hundreds of years earlier than the unique books and nonetheless doesn’t have a proper title, is about to return to Prime Video on September 2nd subsequent 12 months. This season alone is claimed to have value the e-commerce large $465 million to supply, with Amazon receiving a 20 p.c tax credit score from the New Zealand authorities.


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