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Find Out Why the 'Lord of the Rings' Series Has a History-Making $465 Million Budget

Find Out Why the 'Lord of the Rings' Series Has a History-Making $465 Million Budget

Amazon‘s upcoming Lord of the Rings series is huge.

As previously reported, the show is set to make history for the most expensive season of television ever, with its estimated $465 million budget.

Now, Amazon Studios chief Jennifer Salke is opening up in a roundtable for The Hollywood Reporter about the cost.

Find out what she said…

During the conversation, the exec said the company is “pretty confident” the show will bring in the required viewership to make the cost worth it.

“The market is crazy, as you saw with the Knives Out deal. [Netflix paid $469 million for two sequels.] This is a full season of a huge world-building show. The number is a sexy headline or a crazy headline that’s fun to click on, but [the budget] is really building the infrastructure of what will sustain the whole series,” she explained.

“But it is a crazy world and various people on this Zoom, mostly Bela [Netflix's Bela Bajaria] and me, have been in bidding situations where it starts to go incredibly high. There’s a lot of wooing and we have to make decisions on where we want to stretch and where we want to draw the line. As for how many people need to watch Lord of the Rings? A lot. (Laughs.) A giant, global audience needs to show up to it as appointment television, and we are pretty confident that that will happen.”

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