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Amazon to adapt ‘The Lord of the Rings’ for television with a multi-season commitment

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In what is rumored to be a major $250 million deal, Amazon has acquired the global television rights to The Lord of the Rings, based on the beloved fantasy novels by J.R.R. Tolkien, with a multi-season commitment, the company announced Monday.

According to a press release issued by Amazon, the upcoming television adaptation will, of course, be set in Middle Earth and explores new storylines preceding The Fellowship of the Ring. And, as if that weren’t enough, the deal is also said to include a potential additional spin-off series.

“The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, head of scripted series at Amazon Studios. “We are honored to be working with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line on this exciting collaboration for television and are thrilled to be taking The Lord of the Rings fans on a new epic journey in Middle Earth.”

Amazon Studios is producing the new series in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins, and New Line Cinema.

“We are delighted that Amazon, with its longstanding commitment to literature, is the home of the first-ever multi-season television series for The Lord of the Rings,” said Matt Galsor, a representative for the Tolkien Estate and Trust and HarperCollins. “Sharon and the team at Amazon Studios have exceptional ideas to bring to the screen previously unexplored stories based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s original writings.”

The series will be an Amazon Prime Original and, therefore, will be available for Prime members to stream at no additional cost to their membership.

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Our first look at Ruby Rose as The CW’s Batwoman looks like it came straight out of the comics

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Back in August, word broke that The CW had cast Ruby Rose to play Batwoman in the network’s upcoming annual DC crossover event later this December before eventually starring her own solo series, which could debut as soon as next year. Now we finally have our first look (full image below) at Rose in costume as the character and it looks similar to what we know from the comics!

The flowing red hair, the design of the cape, and Wayne Tower appropriately positioned behind Batwoman make this an exceptional first look at who I’m sure is going to be a pretty exciting addition to The CW’s line-up of Arrowverse shows.

As for the Batwoman series itself, the show will follow Kate Kane (Rose), a woman armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, as she soars onto the streets of Gotham as a highly trained superhero, who also happens to be an out-and-proud lesbian.

However, despite being ready to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence, she doesn’t want to be called a hero yet. In a city that’s desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before she can embrace the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.

Be sure to catch Batwoman’s debut on The CW later this year and stay tuned for more news on the superhero’s solo series, which is expected to premiere during the 2019-2020 TV season.

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Lucasfilm debuts first look at ‘The Mandalorian’ along with a list of episodic directors

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Hey, speak of the devil! Just hours after we brought you the news that the official title and synopsis for Jon Favreau’s live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian had been revealed, Lucasfilm has released a first look at the show along with a list of directors who will be working on the series.

According to a press release, Dave Filoni, who is best known among the Star Wars crowd for his work on the animated Clone Wars and Rebels series, is directing the first episode of The Mandalorian, which Favreau is writing and executive producing.

Now, hold on to your hats, because this is where it gets really damn good: additional episodic directors will include Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates), and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok). What a lineup that is!

In case you missed our previous report on the show, The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order and follows the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.

It’s unclear as to who exactly this strange new character is, but, based on our first look at them, it definitely looks like they have some sort of connection to Jango and Boba Fett. I mean, look at that costume! There’s no question about it.

The Mandalorian is expected to debut on Disney’s forthcoming streaming service in 2019. We’ll keep you posted on any further developments that come across our desk.

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Jon Favreau reveals the official title and synopsis for his new live-action ‘Star Wars’ TV series

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Earlier this year, word broke that Jon Favreau had signed on to write and executive produce a live-action Star Wars series for Disney’s forthcoming streaming service that is expected to launch sometime in 2019. While details about the show were originally scarce, Favreau took to Instagram yesterday to reveal the official synopsis and title for the new series: The Mandalorian.

“After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic,” the synopsis reads.

Ah-ha! So that pretty much falls in line with what we’ve been hearing from Making Star Wars in recent weeks about the show’s story revolving around the Mandalorians after the fall of the Empire about three years after the events of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

It’s still unclear as to who this mysterious new gunslinger is and if they have any relation to Jango and Boba Fett, but, if I had to take a guess, a connection of some sort to the two infamous bounty hunters seems pretty likely, though that’s just me speculating.

Making Star Wars has also reported that Wonder Woman 1984 and Narcos star Pedro Pascal is currently in talks to play “a central lead” in the new series, but we haven’t been able to confirm that with any of our own sources, so take that information with a grain of salt or two for right now.

A specific premiere date for The Mandalorian has not been announced, but production on the show is currently underway, so we’ll keep you posted on any further developments that come across our desk.

 

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