New Zealand is set to transform into Middle Earth again.
The country which was the primary filming location for Peter Jackson’s three Lord of the Rings films will serve as the production location for the forthcoming television series.
The series, which is set to be the most expensive show ever made at an estimated cost of $1 billion, hails from showrunners and executive producers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay for Amazon Studios, which is producing in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust.
“We knew we needed to find somewhere majestic, with pristine coasts, forests, and mountains, that also is a home to world-class sets, studios, and highly skilled and experienced craftspeople and other staff,” said Payne and McKay.
“As we searched for the location in which we could bring to life the primordial beauty of the Second Age of Middle-earth, we knew we needed to find somewhere majestic, with pristine coasts, forests, and mountains,” they added.
Production on the series is scheduled to begin in Auckland in the coming months.