Jurassic World's J.A. Bayona to direct Amazon's Lord of the Rings series

The Spanish director most recently worked on ‘Jurassic World: Fallen

Jurassic World's J.A. Bayona to direct Amazon's Lord of the Rings series

Curated via Twitter from Engadget’s twitter account….

Nearly 16 years after Peter Jackson concluded his genre-defining LOTR trilogy with The Return of the King, Amazon Studio’s upcoming TV series has set out to outdo the 2000s-era films in terms of scope and budget.

The young director has plenty of experience in the world of big budget fantasy dramas; he most recently directed 2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

Bayona will direct the first two episodes of The Lord of the Rings series and serve as executive producer, reported Deadline.

At an expected $500 million for the first two seasons, the show’s budget is twice that of all three Jackson films combined, and is likely to be the most expensive TV production of all time.

Even though Bayona is only directing the first two episodes, his work will lay the groundwork for the entire series.

In a post Game of Thrones world, Amazon is setting high expectations for the LOTR series and hopes to rival the mammoth HBO hit.

Tolkien created one of the most extraordinary and inspiring stories of all time, and as a lifelong fan it is an honor and a joy to join this amazing team," said Bayona in a statement to Deadline.

Also under Bayona’s belt is tree monster flick A Monster Calls, natural disaster movie The Impossible and Spanish horror film The Orphanage. "J. R. R.

Amazon’s highly anticipated TV rendition of Middle-earth has secured some directing talent. Spanish director J. A.

The Spanish director will work on the first two episodes.

The Spanish director will work on the first two episodes.

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