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The Lord of The Rings TV show gets a full Creative Team

Amazon is working on a new Lord of the Rings TV show and they have announced the creative team working on it.

J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay are the showrunners. They are also writing the show along with writer/executive producers Gennifer Hutchison (Breaking Bad), Jason Cahill (The Sopranos), Justin Doble (Stranger Things), and writer/co-producer Helen Shang (Hannibal). There there is writing consultant Glenise Mullins. Tolkien scholar Tom Shippe.

“As our journey into middle-earth begins, we are in excellent hands with J.D. and Patrick at the helm, with this incredible team of talent that they’ve assembled,” said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios. “The depth and breadth of the experience of this writing and production team is truly awesome, with a real respect for and knowledge of Tolkien lore. We’re so happy to have them on board and to see this exciting series start to come to life.”

Executive producers are Lindsey Weber (10 Cloverfield Lane), Bruce Richmond (Game of Thrones), Gene Kelly (Boardwalk Empire) and Amazon’s former head of genre Sharon Tal Yguado.

Bryan Cogman (Game of Thrones) and Stephany Folsom (Toy Story 4) are consulting producers.

There there is producer Ron Ames (The Aviator), costume designer Kate Hawley (Suicide Squad), production designer Rick Heinrichs (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), visual effects supervisor Jason Smith (The Revenant) and illustrator/concept artist John Howe.

J.A. Bayona (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, The Orphanage, The Impossible) will direct the first two episodes and also executive produce alongside his producing partner Belén Atienza.

The only piece of casting we currently know is that Markella Kavenagh will take on the role of Tyra – an entirely new character who is entirely separate from JRR Tolkien’s beloved books.

The show will be set in the Age of Númenor (or the Second Age).

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