We knew Amazon would pay a pretty penny to develop its own Lord of the Rings TV series, but they might as well raid Smaug’s lair. New estimates put the TV iteration of Middle Earth at $500 million (to start!), and all before Amazon has even assigned talent to the project.
The metrics of streaming success are as opaque as ever, but new insight into Amazon’s spending habits may reveal its top-rated shows. New reports identify how Amazon rates original programming as a hit, and may reveal a huge price tag for some of its shows.
As the ranks of the “Me Too” movement swell, it seems increasingly likely that #TimesUp for Woody Allen. Amazon’s own Golden Globe-winning Rachel Brosnahan now speaks out against working with the director on his first-ever TV project, Crisis in Six Scenes.
Amazon may have yet a third sexual harassment scandal in its midst. Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner has now joined the group of powerful Hollywood men accused of sexual harassment, as a major Mad Men writer steps forward.
Weeks after Amazon parted ways with studio boss Roy Price over sexual harassment claims, Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor has become the subject of another investigation. Tambor’s former assistant has reported him for inappropriate behavior, though the actor apparently rejects the claims.
Well, we knew Amazon was looking for its own Game of Thrones; we just didn’t think they’d aim this high. A full-scale Lord of the Rings TV series is in development at Warner Bros., with Amazon leading the pack in an understandably competitive bid.