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Amazon’s Bezos attends premiere for $1b ‘Lord of the Rings’ prequel

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Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder & Executive Chair, and US media personality Lauren Sanchez attend the premiere of Prime Video's "The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power" at Culver Studios on August 15, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: AFP)
LOS ANGELES, United States — It has been dubbed the most expensive show ever made, but producers of Amazon’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” described its $1 billion price tag as a “bargain” at a lavish world premiere in Los Angeles Monday.اضافة اعلان

The highly anticipated TV series, launching September 2 on Amazon’s streaming platform, is said to be a personal obsession of Jeff Bezos, multi-billionaire founder of the online shopping giant-turned-streamer.

Set in the world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s books, thousands of years before the Oscar-winning “Lord of the Rings” film trilogy, the series is set to unfold over five, sprawling seasons, each of 10 episodes.

Bezos joined the show’s stars and filmmakers for a launch event at California’s Culver Studios on Monday night, where the first two episodes were screened before a spectacular light show featuring dozens of illuminated drones.

Executive producer Lindsey Weber said the show’s $1 billion cost was “a very grabby headline people like to talk about,” but promised that viewers would “see the money is really on the screen”.

Speaking to AFP on the red carpet, Weber said the eye-watering cost came from “setting up for five seasons”.

“If you look at what it cost to make a feature tent pole film, by that comparison, really we’re quite a bargain,” she added, using a term for mega-budget blockbusters released by Hollywood’s top studios.

“The Rings of Power” is set 4,000 years before the film trilogy and original books, in a fictional “Second Age” — a historical period sketched out in less detail by Tolkien’s writings.

The show features a large ensemble cast of actors who are not widely known to global audiences.


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