Amazon is officially moving forward with its plans to create a new TV series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings novels.

According to Variety, Amazon has struck a multi-season deal with Warner Bros. TV and the Tolkien estate, following reports from just last week that suggested Amazon was close to landing a deal. Interestingly, the series won’t just retread Peter Jackson’s Academy Award-winning film trilogy (at least not at first), as it’s said to be a prequel of sorts, set sometime before the events of The Fellowship of the Ring.

The deal also includes a potential spin-off series.

Amazon is looking for a prestige series of its own to compete with HBO’s Game of Thrones, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, and Netflix’s multiple original series, and is hoping that the Lord of the Rings can provide the solution. It’s sure to have an uphill battle though, considering the continued popularity of Jackson’s film trilogy. At any rate, it looks like Tolkien’s works are coming back in a big way and it will be interesting to see what Amazon’s approach will be in bringing a different version of Middle-Earth to life on the small screen.

Source: Variety