Amazon Announces big change in ‘lord of the rings’ series season 2 filming
When we heard of Amazon announcing a Lord of the Rings series, everyone was confused. Would they just remake the original trilogy or try to be brave? Well, they went for the latter and are now making a series that will explore Middle Earth before the events of Tolkien’s books, during the Second Age. However, the studios have now announced a few changes that will take into effect from season 2. And it’s something that many fans associate very closely with Lord of the Rings.
Lord of the Rings series is relocating to the UK and will not be filming in New Zealand
Amazon wrapped up the first season of the series in New Zealand, often considered the home of Lord of the Rings. In fact, the trilogy brought a lot of tourism to the small country. Many people flocked in to New Zealand experience the locations of Middle Earth and The Shire. The first season will enter post-production in 2022, but the studios are already thinking about season 2. And unfortunately for the citizens of New Zealand, it is bad news. The studio has announced that they’ll be filming the second season in the United Kingdom. Amazon explained the reasoning behind their move, saying:
The shift from New Zealand to the UK aligns with the studio’s strategy of expanding its production footprint and investing in studio space across the UK, with many of Amazon Studios’ tentpole series and films already calling the UK home.
This is the first time that production based on the Lord of the Rings book series by JRR Tolkien is taking place away from New Zealand. All three of the Peter Jackson’s original trilogy, as well as The Hobbit trilogy, were filmed in New Zealand. This will be a huge blow for the New Zealand film industry as well. The first season employed around 1,200 people in New Zealand directly and a further 700 indirectly.
Who will we see in the series?
In the Lord of the Rings series, we will see Morfydd Clark as elf Galadriel, Nazanin Boniadi, Sir Lenny Henry, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Peter Mullan, Maxim Baldry, and many others. And the series will debut on Amazon Prime Video worldwide on September 2, 2022.