Fans of watching humans, and various quasi-deformed humanoids, covered in ordinate amounts of dirt, absolutely leathering the shit out of each other with swords and other bits of miscellaneous metal will be absolutely thrilled to hear that Amazon has acquired the rights to Lord of the Rings and is set to produce a 'multi-season series'.
For years, this oh so desperate of itches was only being scratched by Game of Thrones, and now you're luck is has very much changed, as it seems that you will literally not be able to change the channel without seeing Sean Bean wearing some sort of poorly seamstered-leather outfit bludgeoning the living daylights out of some poor creature.
After much rumouring Amazon confirmed on Monday that they had acquired the rights to Lord of the Rings for, what I think any reasonable economist would call, 'a metric fuck-ton' of cash.
The announced television series will revolve around both new and existing characters in the Lord of the Rings universe and will take place before The Fellowship of the Ring. Sharon Tal Yguado, Amazon's head of scripted programming said that Amazon "are honoured 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."
What a lovely soundbite from a press release that was, eh?
As a massive fan of the original movies I am cautiously excited about this - if we ignore the fact that the three Hobbit films were the cinematic equivalent of haemorrhoids and that Amazon's track record for scripted drama is hovering somewhere between the 'god awful' and 'smouldering fire in a landfill' marks.