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Amazon Studios has confirmed that its The Lord Of The Rings series will shoot in New Zealand, with production set to begin in Auckland “in the coming months,” according to the streaming platform.
Local reports first suggested in July that Amazon was close to a deal to shoot in New Zealand, where Peter Jackson shot his The Lord Of The Rings feature trilogy at the end of the 90s. The features led to a huge investment in the local production industry and provided a long-lasting boost to New Zealand tourism.
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Pre-production on the series is already underway, according to Amazon. Though the company did not comment, the series is expected to tap into New Zealand’s Major Screen Production Grant incentive scheme.
J D Payne and Patrick McKay are serving as executive producers and showrunners on the series, which will explore new storylines that take place before the events of J R R Tolkien’s first The Lord Of The Rings novel, The Fellowship Of The Ring.
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