For those J.R.R. Tolkien fans who watched Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies and still wanted more, there's good news. Amazon has acquired the rights to the books and will be making a new series with a multi-season commitment. For those who thought the movies were perfect as is (or too long already), know that the new series will "explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring." There's also an option for spin-off series. From the official press release:

“The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, Head of Scripted Series, Amazon Studios. “We are honored to be working with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line on this exciting collaboration for television and are thrilled to be taking The Lord of the Rings fans on a new epic journey in Middle Earth.”

“We are delighted that Amazon, with its longstanding commitment to literature, is the home of the first-ever multi-season television series for The Lord of the Rings,” said Matt Galsor, a representative for the Tolkien Estate and Trust and HarperCollins. “Sharon and the team at Amazon Studios have exceptional ideas to bring to the screen previously unexplored stories based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s original writings.”

No word on who will be cast for the series, stay tuned.

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