It is confirmed the production of Amazon’s new show ‘Lord of the Rings’ will be moving from New Zealand to the UK. The first season was filmed in New Zealand and is set to air on Amazon Prime Video in September 2022.
From the second season onwards production will move to the UK. There appears to be no offical reason for moving production out of New Zealand, however, it may be due to COVID-19 and the strict rules within the country. The show had production placed on hold in March (2020) due to the pandemic which resumed in Septermber (2020) before filming concluded in August (2021). Production in the UK is expected to begin early next year (2022). It is unknown where in the UK filming will be taking place, but it is predicted Scotland could be one location used.
UK Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden has said:
“Thousands of high-quality jobs all across the UK will be created and supported by the Lord Of The Rings television series, so this is very exciting news.”
Amazon has already spent an estimated amount of around £336 million for the first season on the show and there is no doubt futher seasons will prove quite costly too.
The show is set in the Second Age of Middle-Earth, thousands of years before The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Amazon bought the television rights in 2017 with a five season commitment for production which is estimated to be worth over $1 billion, which would make it one of, if not the most, expensive televison series ever made.