Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ TV Series Costs Around $450 Million Just for One Season

Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ TV Series Costs Around $450 Million Just for One Season
The final season of HBO’s blockbuster series “Game of Thrones” garnered headlines for costing $90 million (aka $15 million per episode), but that price tag is chump change compared to the millions Amazon is reportedly spending on its upcoming “Lord of the Rings” television series. Early reports in 2018 pegged at least two seasons of “Rings” costing Amazon in the $500-million range, but now The Hollywood Reporter confirms just the first season is set to cost around $450 million.

The $450 million price tag was first reported by New Zealand publication Stuff, which confirmed the series qualifies for a government subsidy of Nz$160 million because the budget is estimated at Nz$650 million (which translates to 450 million in U.S. dollars). A source close to Amazon confirmed the Stuff report as accurate.

Stuart Nash, New Zealand’s Economic Development Minister, touted “Rings” as “the largest television series ever made” in an interview with Morning Report,
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