And sets Season 1 hiatus

Pre-production has started on Amazon Studios’ Lord of the Rings series, but the streaming service has already renewed the high-profile series for another season, reassembling the writers room to begin work on Season 2.

Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, confirmed to Deadline that Season 2 of their sprawling Lord of the Rings is already in the works.

The studio acquired the global TV rights to The Lord of the Rings in a massive deal in November 2017. This included a multi-season commitment to a LOTR series as well as a potential spinoff, however, each season still has to be formally greenlit by the studio.

This early pickup is good news for fans as it will mean a shorter break between the end of Season 1 and the premiere of Season 2.

As well as news of the renewal, the LOTR series will also go on a 4 or 5 month hiatus after filming the first two episodes of Season 1. The writing team, led by showrunners and executive producers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, will use the time to map and write the bulk of Season 2.

This break is standard for show with a straight-to-series order, as it allows for the team behind the project as well as executives to take a step back and evaluate the existing footage, much like they would with a pilot.

Set in Middle Earth, the series will explore new storylines preceding that of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring. The lead cast – which is yet to be fully confirmed by Amazon – is set to include Will Poulter, Markella Kavenagh, and Joseph Mawle.

More on Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series when we have it.

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