Amazon spending $500 million on 'Lord of the Rings' prequel

Amazon's upcoming "Lord of the Rings" prequel will likely cost the company $500 million and make it the most expensive television series ever made, according to reports. (MGN)

Amazon's upcoming "Lord of the Rings" prequel will likely cost the company $500 million and make it the most expensive television series ever made, according to reports. Reuters says when production and marketing costs are taken into account, the total budget for the first two seasons of the show will be about $500 million.

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