Amazon’s $1bn Lord Of The Rings TV series will begin filming in Scotland this August.
Amazon Studios won the rights to produce at least five seasons of a Lord of the Rings TV series back in November 2017, with $250 million paid for the rights alone and another $250 to make the first two seasons.
A three-month filming and production on the project is set to kick off in August.
A new studio space in Leith, Edinburgh will be home to filming on the series if construction on the facility is completed in time. It’s a massive contract and a gigantic boost for the studio and for Scotland. It’s more than likely down to tax cuts which would be an even bigger saving.
Original LOTR Trilogy was going to get shot in the UK but budget reasons drove it to New Zealand, which government gave enormous tax breaks. When filming The Hobbit, WB threatened to film elsewhere unless New Zealand introduce the Hobbit Law to prohibited unionization and reduce the employment rights of the local film crew. That pissed off New Zealanders.
They may need a lot of extras just like the original LOTR does.