Amazon is set to move production of its mega-budget “The Lord of the Rings”-inspired Middle Earth prequel TV series from New Zealand to the UK for its second season and beyond.
The fantasy epic is set during the Second Age of Middle Earth, thousands of years before the events in J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.
The move is said to be part of a plan to expand its production space and consolidate its footprint in the UK. Amazon said work on the first season will be completed in New Zealand before production shifts to Britain.
The retail and streaming giant reportedly spent $465 million on the first season of the show and four more seasons are expected to be made.
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