Amazon is investing heavily in its planned TV series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. One billion dollars to be precise.
Just let that number sink in for a minute.
This is all according to a new article from the Hollywood Reporter, which estimates that once the cost of such things as casting, producers, visual effects, and everything else involved with producing five seasons’ worth of television set in Middle-Earth, Amazon could wind up having spent $1 billion or more. Of course, that’s also taking into account the $250 million Amazon spent on aquiring the rights in the first place, but even $750 million is a gargantuan sum to spend on a TV show (that works out to about $150 million per season, by the way).