Successful Budget For Season 1 Revealed – Deadline

The first season of the Amazon Studios expansion The Lord of the Rings the series will cost $ 465 million to produce. The figure was revealed on Friday when New Zealand, where the series is filming, announced that the rebate for the series of the country’s screen production grant was increased from 20% to 25% ($ 116 million).

The Season 1 budget of $ 465 million, confirmed by Deadline, is a huge number; Game of thrones reportedly cost around $ 10 million per episode on average ($ 100 million per season), starting lower in the early seasons and climbing well above $ 10 million per episode down the stretch.

There are a few caveats. Amazon has yet to reveal the number of episodes for Season 1 of The Lord of the Rings consists of, so the cost per episode is unclear. Moreover, like Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings A film trilogy, which was shot back to back, the series required the construction of large and elaborate sets and the creation of expensive costumes. The additional start-up costs will be amortized over the coming seasons. (Like the movies, The Lord of the Rings The series also plans to shoot the seasons consecutively, which would reduce the costs of Season 2.)

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Based in West Auckland The Lord of the Rings, an adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s fantasy novels, was close to wrapping up the first two episodes, directed by JA Bayona, when production was halted in mid-March 2020 amid the escalating global pandemic. As Deadline reported, in conjunction with an early renewal of Season 2 for the big-budget fantasy drama, the LOTR The series was scheduled to take a 4-5 month hiatus after filming the first two episodes, so the shutdown added to the scheduled hiatus, scheduled to coincide with the New Zealand winter. The show’s writing team, led by showrunners and executive producers JD Payne and Patrick McKay, used the time to map out and write the scripts for Season 2.

Filming resumed at the end of September.

Set in Middle-earth, the TV series, produced by Amazon Studuos, explores new stories leading up to Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring. The extended cast includes Robert Aramayo, Markella Kavenagh, Morfydd Clark and Joseph Mawle.

The series employs more than 1,200 people and around 700 workers are indirectly employed in providing services to production, the New Zealand government said, as quoted by Reuters.

“The deal with Amazon… generates local jobs and creates jobs for local businesses,” Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash said in a statement to the cable service. “This will allow a new wave of branding and promotion of international tourism for this country.”

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