Amazon will create Lord of the Rings TV series

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      The nearly $100-billion man, a.k.a. Jeff Bezos, has found another way to add to his fortune.

      The company he founded, Amazon, said today that it has bought global television right to The Lord of the Rings as part of a multiseason commitment.

      The other parties to the deal are Tokien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins, and New Line Cinema, which is part of Warner Bros. Entertainment.

      “The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen,” Amazon Studios head of scripted series, Sharon Tal Yguado, said in a company news release. “We are honored to be working with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line on this exciting collaboration for television and are thrilled to be taking The Lord of the Rings fans on a new epic journey in Middle Earth.”

      The series will feature episodes that take place in advance of The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien.

      Amazon said there's a possibility that spin-off series could be generated from the production.

      The Lord of the Rings movies directed by Peter Jackson have earned almost $6 billion in worldwide revenue.