Amazon’s new Lord of the Rings series needs to be in production by next year, so who better to kickstart the process than Peter Jackson? The film franchise director is reportedly involved in pitching for the expensive new drama, but may not get the gig.
Amazon is going all-out for its original series, but that money has to come from somewhere. The company confirms its Prime membership costs will rise 20% next month, and it may just have to do with all those expensive new TV offerings like Lord of the Rings.
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.
Amazon is undergoing even more overhaul. In addition to its abandonment of the viewer feedback model for new pilots, Amazon has now passed on almost all of its latest shows, and might not renew some critical favorites.
The prospect of more Gilmore Girls got dimmer with creator Amy Sherman-Palladino signing onto new Amazon series, but some contractual fine print brings good news. A deliberate loophole could finally answer Rory’s big mystery with another season in the near future.