Amazon is trying to put the other streamers to shame by pumping a ton of money into their upcoming Lord of the Rings series. According to “The Hollywood Reporter”, Amazon will spend roughly $465 million for the first season of the show.
Just to give comparison, some shows spend upward of $500 on multiple seasons. Amazon is spending that kind of money on just one season. A budget like this puts to shame any show on any other streaming service, even the Marvel stuff.
The amounts were released as part of the New Zealand government’s Official Information Act and initially reported by the New Zealand outlet Stuff. The documents also confirmed that Amazon is potentially looking at five seasons for its Lord of the Rings plan – in addition to possible, as-yet-unannounced spinoff series. Future seasons of Amazon’s Lord of the Rings will be less expensive than the first because the first season comes part and parcel with several start-up costs – such as sets, costumes, and props. In other words, once those elements are established they can be reused for future episodes.
Do you think a budget of this size is necessary for the series? Sound off!