JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM Director J.A. Bayona Set To Helm Amazon's THE LORD OF THE RINGS Series

JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM Director J.A. Bayona Set To Helm Amazon's THE LORD OF THE RINGS Series

Amazon Studios' upcoming The Lord of the Rings television series has tapped J.A. Bayona (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) to direct the first two episodes of the highly-ambitious Tolkien adaptation...

Deadline is reporting that J.A. Bayona has been tapped to direct the first two episodes of Amazon Studios' upcoming The Lord of the Rings television series, which will explore new storylines set before The Fellowship of the Ring. The series has also already secured a multi-season commitment from the streaming giant in a massive nine-figure rights deal with the Tolkien estate. 

Following the announcement, Bayona expressed his excitement in the following statement, “J.R.R. Tolkien created one of the most extraordinary and inspiring stories of all time, and as a lifelong fan it is an honor and a joy to join this amazing team. I can’t wait to take audiences around the world to Middle-earth and have them discover the wonders of the Second Age, with a never before seen story.

Uncredited Star Trek Beyond scribes JD Payne and Patrick McKay created the series and will serve as showrunners, leading a writers room that will also feature the likes of Gennifer Hutchison (Breaking Bad) and Bryan Cogman (Game of Thrones), amongst others.

Bayona most recently helmed Universal's billion-dollar blockbuster Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and his directing credits also feature a number of critical darlings, including The OrphanageThe ImpossibleA Monster Calls, and the first two episodes of Showtime's Penny Dreadful.
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