Amazon is reportedly spending $465 million to produce the first season of its Lord of the Rings TV show, making it one of the most expensive TV shows in history. Even if the figure is not that high, as some have suggested, Amazon is undoubtedly paying a lot of money to produce the show. Amazon Studios boss Jennifer Salke has now spoken about the huge price tag, saying–perhaps jokingly to an extent–that the show needs to attract “a lot” of viewers for the investment to be worth it.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter (via Collider), Salke said the entertainment market these days is “crazy.” She cited Netflix’s recent move to pay $469 million for the two Knives Out sequels as an example of this. For Amazon’s Lord of the Rings show, Salke said Amazon’s investment covers a “full season of a huge world-building show,” which incurs a major cost.
Salke said the $465 million budget for The Lord of the Rings season one makes for a good headline for people to latch onto, but she reminded people that this money is being spent to “sustain the whole series.”
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