Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series trades New Zealand for Maidenhead as production locations are set

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Filming for the second season of the Lord of the Rings prequel TV series is set to begin in Maidenhead next spring – after moving from New Zealand.

Amazon Prime’s blockbuster – whose first season premieres in September 2022 – will be set in the market town of Berkshire, passing from New Zealand where the film trilogy, The Hobbit and the first season of the television series were filmed.

Deemed to be a major upheaval for the country’s film industry, this is the first time that a live-action project for the franchise has been produced outside of New Zealand.

Exciting: Filming for the upcoming Lord of the Rings prequel TV series is set to begin in Maidenhead next spring (above a still image from the series)

Sources told Variety that Bray Film Studio will initially be the new home for the upcoming mega-hit, the former offering nearly 54,000 square feet and a 183,000 square foot backlot.

Certainly, in good company, Mamma Mia, Rocketman, Bodyguard and Dracula used the studio.

Production would also take place at Bovingdon Airfield in Hertforshire, which has 60 acres of open land and has facilitated Justice League, Fast And The Furious 6 as well as Dancing On Ice.

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Dan Grabiner, head of originals at Amazon Studios UK, told the post: “I think [the move to the UK] talks about the depth of the talent here, the reputation, the skills, the infrastructure.

Masterpiece: Season 2 of the Amazon Prime blockbuster will be filmed in the city to the west of London, after leaving New Zealand where the film trilogy and The Hobbit (Still from The Fellowship Of The Ring in 2001)

Masterpiece: Season 2 of the Amazon Prime blockbuster will be filmed in the city to the west of London, after leaving New Zealand where the film trilogy and The Hobbit (Still from The Fellowship Of The Ring in 2001)

“It’s a big production. To make an operation like this work, you need world-class people and world-class talent working there.

Amazon Studios announcement in August that “a new journey begins” with a premiere on September 2, 2022.

The streaming giant also unveiled the show’s first image set in the Second Age of Middle-earth of a mysterious caped character looking at a castle.

Showrunners JD Payne and Patrick McKay are said to have completed the $ 465-budgeted eight-episode first season in New Zealand in April, and four more seasons are slated for.

Coming soon: Production would also take place at Bovingdon Airfield in Hertforshire, which has 60 acres of open land and has facilitated Justice League, Fast And The Furious 6 as well as Dancing On Ice (pictured in 2018)

Coming soon: Production would also take place at Bovingdon Airfield in Hertforshire, which has 60 acres of open land and has facilitated Justice League, Fast And The Furious 6 as well as Dancing On Ice (pictured in 2018)

All in all, the five-season production deal cost Amazon $ 1 billion, making history the most expensive TV series ever – according to THR.

In contrast, HBO typically shelled out $ 100 million per season of its hit show Game of Thrones.

The cast of the set is mostly unknown, with Morfydd Clark (His Dark Materials) replacing two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett as the immortal elf royal, Galadriel.

“I cannot express enough how thrilled we are all to take our global audience on an epic new journey through Middle-earth! Amazon Studios director Jennifer Salke said in a statement.

“Our talented producers, actors, creatives and production teams have worked tirelessly in New Zealand to bring this new and impressive vision to life.”

The epic drama takes place thousands of years before the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings films.

Peter Jackson’s beloved Original Trilogy grossed 17 Oscars and $ 2.991 billion at the global box office, while the Hobbit Trilogy earned $ 2.931 billion at the box office, which received much less critical acclaim. .

It stems from the classic fantasy novels The Fellowship of the Ring (1954), The Two Towers (1954) and The Return of the King (1955) written by JRR Tolkien.

The cast of the set is mostly unknown with Morfydd Clark (pictured April 7) replacing two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett as immortal elf royal Galadriel

Cate Blanchett portrayed as Galadriel in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

Newcomers: The cast of the set is mostly unknown with Morfydd Clark (L) replacing two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett (R) as immortal elf royal, Galadriel

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