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Updated Mar 20, 2018 @ 11:57 am
Lord of the Rings
Credit: New Line Cinema

Everyone knows you have to spend money to make money, but Amazon is sparing no expense with its latest TV series. The streaming site is shelling out the big bucks to make the Lord of the Rings prequel series, and the price tag is enough to make anyone balk. Listen, if Gollum saw that his precious ring had this hefty of a price tag, he’d probably be all, “You know what? Nevermind. I think I saw a copper mug over in the stream down there that would be something affordable to obsess over instead.”

Ready for it? It’s going to cost Amazon *$500 million* to make the Lord of the Rings prequel series. According to Reuters, even just the rights to only a portion of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy franchise cost $250 million. Since Amazon is going for broke and ordered two seasons of the new series, production and marketing costs for both seasons will end up costing another $250 million on top of that. With a price of $500 million, that’s more than Peter Jackson spent to make all three Lord of the Rings movies (!).

At least Amazon has free shipping to off-set costs? Sorry, bad time for Prime jokes.

In case you had any doubts, this kind of price tag makes the Lord of the Rings series the single most expensive TV show ever made (yeah, even more expensive than Game of Thrones). That’s a weird kind of honor to have and not really something you can brag about at parties. Especially since we all know that having a super high budget doesn’t exactly translate to quality of writing/acting/editing/scripts.

We’ll have to wait until we see some episodes to be the judge of the show’s actual quality. Now the pressure is on for it to not suck, because otherwise, what a waste of money.