Amazon’s Bezos attends premiere for $1bn ‘Lord of the Rings’ prequel

It has been dubbed the most costly present ever made, however producers of Amazon’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Energy” described its $1 billion price ticket as a “cut price” at a lavish world premiere in Los Angeles Monday. The extremely anticipated TV collection, launching September 2 on Amazon’s streaming platform, is claimed to be a private obsession of Jeff Bezos, multi-billionaire founding father of the web purchasing giant-turned-streamer.

Set on this planet of J.R.R. Tolkien’s books, 1000’s of years earlier than the Oscar-winning “Lord of the Rings” movie trilogy, the collection is ready to unfold over 5, sprawling seasons, every of 10 episodes. Bezos joined the present’s stars and filmmakers for a launch occasion at California’s Culver Studios on Monday night time, the place the primary two episodes have been screened earlier than a spectacular mild present that includes dozens of illuminated drones.

Govt producer Lindsey Weber stated the present’s $1 billion price was “a really grabby headline individuals like to speak about,” however promised that viewers would “see the cash is admittedly on the display.” Talking to AFP on the purple carpet, Weber stated the eye-watering price got here from “establishing for 5 seasons.”

“In the event you take a look at what it price to make a function tentpole movie, by that comparability, actually we’re fairly a cut price,” she added, utilizing a time period for mega-budget blockbusters launched by Hollywood’s prime studios. “The Rings of Energy” is ready 4,000 years earlier than the movie trilogy and unique books, in a fictional “Second Age”-a historic interval sketched out in much less element by Tolkien’s writings.

The present options a big ensemble forged of actors who are usually not extensively recognized to world audiences. Morfydd Clark and Robert Aramayo play youthful variations of elves Galadriel and Elrond-characters already acquainted to followers of the “Lord of the Rings” movies.

“It’s an epic journey story, with common themes, and an actual labor of love-we’ve all labored very very arduous on it, and I simply hope individuals take pleasure in it,” stated Aramayo at Monday’s premiere. “They constructed a metropolis, with a dock and ships floating in it-it’s mind-blowing and actually, actually unimaginable to get to play on a few of these units.” – AFP



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