Amazon Studios has announced that their Lord of the Rings series will be filmed in a location that is very familiar to fans of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film series; New Zealand.
As fans of the movies well know, New Zealand stood in as Middle-earth for The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003), and The Hobbit trilogy (2012-2014). In fact, the country fits the role of Tolkien’s mythic Middle-earth, that it seems inconceivable that Amazon Studios even considered filming anywhere else. And yet, it sounds like it took them a while to come to the decision to film in New Zealand.
According to showrunners and executive producers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay:
“As we searched for the location in which we could bring to life the primordial beauty of the Second Age of Middle-earth, we knew we needed to find somewhere majestic, with pristine coasts, forests, and mountains, that also is a home to world-class sets, studios, and highly skilled and experienced craftspeople and other staff. And we’re happy that we are now able to officially confirm New Zealand as our home for our series based on stories from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings,”
I was already excited to see a series set in the Second Age of Middle-earth, but knowing the show is going back to the same locations that helped to make the films so iconic makes me eager to see the series that much more.
Production is set to begin on Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series in a matter of months, so hopefully there will be more news, including casting details, as production gets started.