Juan Antoni Bayona will be directing the Amazon TV series, The Lord of the Rings. The director will be the executive producer alongside his producing partner Belén Atienza.
Amazon Studios has hired a new director Juan Antonio Bayona for The Lord of the Rings. Bayona has previously directed the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. He will be directing the first two episodes of the TV series. Peter Jackson has previously directed the feature adaptations of the classic J.R.R. Tolkien novels. The series is next in line to Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring.
Bayona said, “J.R.R. 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. I can’t wait to take audiences around the world to Middle-earth and have them discover the wonders of the Second Age, with a never before seen story.”
JD Payne and Patrick McKay have written The Lord of the Rings TV series. They have a writers room which includes Breaking Bad alumna Gennifer Hutchison and Game of Thrones veteran Bryan Cogman.
Payne and McKay said, “We are thrilled to have J.A. and Belén joining the fellowship as we continue to develop this epic series. We have been great admirers of J.A.’s work for years, and know that his epic, cinematic and deeply heartfelt aesthetic is the perfect sensibility to bring Middle-earth to life anew.”
Bayona’s previous direction
Bayona’s first feature film is the thriller The Orphanage. The executive producer was Guillermo del Toro. The audience gave a ten-minute standing ovation at the movie premiere at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. The movie also won seven Goya Awards in Spain. Bayona also won the award for best new director.
Bayona also directed Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. The movie earned more than $1.3 billion worldwide last year. He also directed the features The Impossible, starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor. Another movie directed by him, A Monster Calls stars Sigourney Weaver, Liam Neeson, and Felicity Jones. He has also directed the first two episodes of Showtime’s series Penny Dreadful.
Jennifer Salke is the head of Amazon Studios. She said, “The scope and breadth of J.A.’s world-building is exactly the right fit for our ambitions for The Lord of the Rings. He’s a passionate and collaborative director who has brought new stories to life with his multi-talented producing partner, Belén. We are all excited for them to join our writers JD Payne and Patrick McKay, and we can’t think of a better way to begin this journey to Middle-earth.”
Amazon revealed earlier that the series will be preceding Tolkien’s The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogy. The TV series shows a 1000-year-old world. They will reveal the rise of Sauron and the creation of the rings of power.
The Lord of the Rings series is produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, Harper Collins and New Line Cinema.