Amazon Studios’ foray into Middle Earth has finally landed itself a director.
According to Deadline, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’s J.A Bayona has been pulled on board to direct the first two episodes of Amazon’s big-budget Lord of the Rings series. The TV series will be a prequel show set centuries before the events of Tolkien’s beloved The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings novels.
In an interview with Deadline, Bayona expressed his excitement about being chosen for the role of director for the show.
“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.”
Bayona will also be executive producing the show alongside his partner Belén Atienza.
As of now, details about the rest of the show are scared but it does seem like Amazon is hoping for the prequel to be the next Game of Thrones. Rumours have also begun circulating that Amazon is hoping to shoot some scenes for the series in New Zealand as well as Scotland, beginning in August.
Regardless, with Bayona finally on board as director, it seems we will not have to wait all that long to once again return to Middle Earth.