After weeks of rumors, Amazon has confirmed it is going to make a Lord of the Rings TV show, as they've acquired the global TV rights to LotR property. Amazon has signed a multi-season commitment of the series, which will be set in Middle Earth and explore new storylines in timelines that happen before 'The Fellowship of the Ring'.
The deal includes the possibility of a spin-off series, with the new Amazon Prime Original series to be produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema. Tolkein Estate and Trust and HarperCollins rep Matt Galsor said: "The team at Amazon Studios have exceptional ideas to bring to the screen previously unexplored stories based on J.R.R. Tolkien's original writings".
The upcoming Lord of the Rings TV show will be available as an Amazon Prime Original for Amazon Prime members, where they'll be able to stream the TV series through the Amazon Prime Video app for TVs, including Amazon Fire TV, mobile devices, and the web.
The rumors of a Lord of the Rings TV show just won't stop, but now we're looking at the business side of things and just how much money something like this could cost. Rumor has it, Amazon could pay $200-$250 million for the rights to Lord of the Rings alone.
Amazon and Netflix are both reportedly in talks with Warner Bros. TV and the J.R.R. Tolkien estate about the show, with HBO rejecting The Lord of the Rings TV show because of its exorbitant cost. Deadline is reporting that it could cost somewhere as high as $150 million per season, on top of the $200-$250 million to whoever wins the rights to it.
Considering The Lord of the Rings trilogy made $2.9 billion, 11 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director... this doesn't seem that much to spend. But, after 4-5 seasons it would be bumping through that $1 billion cost. Amazon can take it, and so can Netflix... but will they use the same actors, or change it up?
We all know just how big Game of Thrones is, but it doesn't really have a competitor in the big budget TV series world. Amazon is reportedly looking to make a Lord of the Rings TV series, something that would be big enough to compete with Game of Thrones while standing on its hands.
Amazon boss Jeff Bezos is "personally" involved with the talks between Warner Bros. and Amazon, but neither side have confirmed that a deal has been struck just yet. Warner recently settled a lawsuit with the Tolkien estate, which could make it easier to make a new Lord of the Rings TV show.
What a time to be a comic book movie fan, with just weeks left before the release of Justice League... and now the full trailer to Marvel's upcoming Black Panther, who was last featured in Captain America: Civil War.
Black Panther covers the story of T'Challa who is the new leader of the nation of Wakanda, something that happened in Civil War. Black Panther will pick up where Civil War left off, with T'Challa being threatened by Erik Killmonger (played by Michael B. Jordan), who wants to overthrow T'Challa.
Black Panther will be released on February 16, 2018 - and will be the last MCU movie to be released before Avengers: Infinity War.
I said to myself a few days ago that I wouldn't watch the final trailer to Justice League, I said to myself that I have self control... well, I was wrong. Warner Bros. has released the final trailer to Justice League, and I've got to say... I'm beyond pumped.
The trailer really covers the death of Superman and how it has affected the world, with the trailer opening in Smallville - well, at least in Lois's mind. Lois is dreaming of Clark, which is a very emotional scene. The trailer cuts to Lois waking up realizing that it was a dream, to the TV saying that crime, violence, terror, and war are all on the rise - in the post-Superman world.
Bruce tells Diana that he's been dreaming of something dark coming to Earth, and that he needs to build a team to be prepared. Bruce tells the other heroes that "divided, we are not enough". Bruce continues, saying: "the world needs Superman, and I made him a promise, which is why I've brought you together".
Aquaman gets much more screen time in this trailer, and through all of the Justice League trailers and snippets I've come to see Aquaman as DC's Wolverine. Gal Gadot continues to shine as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, and The Flash looks like he could be fun... but I'm still not sold on Cyborg.
There are hundreds of millions of Netflix users, with most of them using the most popular $9.99 per month plan.
Netflix has just increased this plan by $1 per month to $10.99 per month, while the Ultra HD plan goes from $11.99 per month to $13.99 per month. While consumers probably aren't happy with the news, Netflix stock reached an all-time high of $194.39 after the price increase news was released.
Are you happy with the price increase?
Ah, Apple... you sneaky devils. When the company announced their new 4K-capable Apple TV, they left out an important fact: you can't download 4K movies to watch them later, you have to stream them.
Apple will let you watch 4K versions of your movies on the new Apple TV, but having to stream them while letting you download HDR and Dolby Vision, and even HD streams, just doesn't sound right. So if your internet connection isn't up to scratch at the time, or there's congestion at certain times of the day - oh well, you won't be able to watch 4K movies because you can't download them before hand.
In Apple's own support document, they state: "You can download a local copy of an HD movie, and you might be able to download HDR and Dolby Vision versions, but you can't download a 4K version". You'll also need a 25Mbps connection in order to stream 4K in the first place.
Apple's new 4K-capable Apple TV comes in just 32GB and 64GB versions, so you wouldn't be downloading 4K movies and storing them forever, but it would be nice to be able to download at least one 4K movie and store it locally so it doesn't sit there and buffer if you have a 25-40Mbps internet connection, or experience congestion at all.
The last few Terminator movies haven't been good at all, but now there's a new Terminator movie on the way from Skydance and Paramount.
During a private event, James Cameron announced the news of a new Terminator movie that would see the return of Linda Hamilton, who was last scene in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Cameron said: "As meaningful as she was to gender and action stars everywhere back then, it's going to make a huge statement to have that seasoned warrior that she's become return".
He continued: "There are 50-year-old, 60-year-old guys out there killing bad guys", in reference to older actors still making big action movies, finishing by adding "but there isn't an example of that for women".
Wonder Woman has become the #5 superhero movie of ALL TIME, hitting $408 million in box office numbers in the US according to estimates from comScore.
These numbers are just for the US box office, where #4 is The Dark Knight Rises with $448 million, #3 is Avengers: Age of Ultron. Wonder Woman can't beat these numbers, but hitting #5 is an achievement in itself. Here's the top 5 superhero movies of all time in the US:
- Marvel's The Avengers: $623.3 million
- The Dark Knight: $534.8 million
- Avengers: Age of Ultron: $459 million
- The Dark Knight Rises: $448.1 million
- Wonder Woman: $409+ million
If you look at the numbers, DC now has 3 of the top 5 movies in the #5 superhero movies of all time in the US... a huge achievement considering the amount of movies in the MCU including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and the two Avengers movies - oh and Guardians of the Galaxy. Wonder Woman deserves its coveted spot, so let's hope this leads positively into Justice League which drops in November.
Apple is expected to unveil their new 4K-capable Apple TV on September 12, with reports coming out that Apple hasn't finalized deals with movie studios for 4K content.
In order for the new Apple TV to be successful in pushing 4K content, there needs to be a decent sized library of 4K content, right? You can pay $11.99 for Netflix which lasts an entire month with unlimited playback of not just the huge library of TV shows and movies, but a continuously expanding library of 4K content as well.
Apple is reportedly looking to charge $20 per 4K movie, which is quite expensive in comparison to current digital 4K content services. Apple has secured big deals at the last minute before, where back in 2010 the company secured huge book publishers within days of launching iBooks.
If Apple launched the new 4K-capable Apple TV without 4K content, we could see Netflix and other 4K digital content service providers jump in and do something. We could see Netflix expand its 4K base into Apple TV, unless Apple is somehow able to secure 4K movies cheaper, I don't see why anyone would pay $20 per movie when they can pay half of that for an entire month of Netflix which has plenty of 4K content.