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Amazon's Lord of the Rings Series Filming in a Familiar Setting

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The Lord of the Rings series by Amazon Studios has been in development for quite some time and is set to begin production in the latter half of 2019. The official Twitter account for the series has released vague hints in the form of maps, leaving fans to guess their significance, but now, a report has made it known that fans might already recognize at least one location in the upcoming series.

According to The New Zealand Herald, parts of production will take place in New Zealand, possibly in Auckland and Queenstown. Fans of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films will know that New Zealand provided both trilogies with beautiful landscapes that served as the bases for such settings as Hobbiton and Mordor, which were shot in Matamata and Tongariro National Parks, respectively. The forested areas of Queenstown also appeared in The Fellowship of the Ring, serving as filming locations for scenes set on and around the Bruinen river, among other places.

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The show will be set in the Second Age, which was shaped by the rise of Sauron and the creation of the One Ring. Other than that, few details have been released and it's unlikely that we'll see more until marketing begins, as there is a high level of security and secrecy surrounding production. It's unsurprising, as the series has already been granted a substantially large budget of approximately $1 billion for five seasons -- one of the largest budgets of any television series.

(via Winter is Coming)

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