Gandalf, The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings

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Forth Eorlingas! Official progress is finally being made on Amazon's "Lord of the Rings" series.

Amazon announced the two writers who will be penning the multi-season series: JD Payne and Patrick McKay.

Never heard of them? They are credited with the upcoming "Star Trek 4" movie and Disney's "Jungle Cruise." They apparently have no TV credits. But neither did the "Game of Thrones" showrunners -- David Benioff and D.B. Weiss -- before they were tapped by HBO. So this may be another hint that Amazon is really trying to copy-and-paste their own version of "Game of Thrones."

Payne and McKay shared a statement on the news:

"The rich world that J.R.R. Tolkien created is filled with majesty and heart, wisdom and complexity. We are absolutely thrilled to be partnering with Amazon to bring it to life anew. 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."

Don't forget to bring enough for second breakfast!

The behemoth production, estimated to cost around $1 billion, is said to include a five-season commitment with a provision for a possible spinoff. The project is meant to cover J.R.R. Tolkien's material before "The Lord of the Rings." Apparently Amazon can use material from Peter Jackson's LOTR and "Hobbit" films, or at least that was part of The Hollywood Reporter's piece on the project from April.

According to, the first season is meant to follow young Aragorn. That has yet to be confirmed.

So far, all we have are two writers to rule them all. It's a good start. Now we wait on scripts, casting, production, and an eventual premiere date -- but a streaming date feels far, far down the road.

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