There’s been a lot of hype around Amazon’s Lord of the Rings TV series. It hasn’t even started filming yet, and there are now reports that there’s already plans for season two. It looks like the plan right now is to shoot the first couple of episodes of season one, then take a “four to five month break” while working out scripts and an approach for the rest of the first two seasons.
This appears to be a trend as recently, we saw Apple had signed up early for the second seasons of its original TV shows. Even though Amazon had greenlit the show for two seasons, it wasn’t fully locked in until now. The series will film in New Zealand and production won’t be cheap, so it’s important to get everything right before the cameras start filming.
Word is that the TV show will cover a time period well before the books and movies, and the cast still hasn’t been fully filled out. Renewing the show early and planning a long hiatus in the middle of shooting could let the streamer squeeze footage for season two in during S1, or shoot both seasons back-to-back. We will hopefully learn more soon.