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Amazon picks duo to develop Lord of the Rings TV series

Amazon Studios has chosen J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay to turn J.R.R. Tolkien's world into a Prime Video show.

The magic ring, with a glowing inscription.
A writing duo will lead development of Amazon's series based on The Lord of the Rings.
New Line/Warner Bros.

Amazon Studios has named a writing duo to lead the creation of a Lord of the Rings television series.

J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay will both develop the series, Amazon said on Saturday, which will bring author J.R.R. Tolkein's world to the Prime Video streaming service. The two are currently listed as writers for the next movie sequel to Star Trek and as being part of the writer's room for 2020's Godzilla vs. Kong.

"We feel like Frodo, setting out from the Shire, with a great responsibility in our care -- it is the beginning of the adventure of a lifetime," Payne and McKay said in a statement.

The two have a long journey ahead: The show is expected to start production within two years and hit Amazon's streaming service in 2021.

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