Jeff Bezos has been gunning for a massive, Game of Thrones-style tentpole for Amazon’s streaming service since 2017, but so far, all it’s cranked out are weird, baffling, and periodically brilliant shows that barely even try to garner Thrones-level mainstream success. But that’s all about to change. Amazon has poured millions into a Lord of the Rings TV series, reportedly spending $200 million on the rights alone.
But it turns out that the massive buyout still comes with some strings attached—because the J.R.R. Tolkien estate has some very specific rules about what can and cannot happen in the show,
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