According to Deadline, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom director J.A. Bayona will direct Amazon Studio’s Lord Of The Rings series.
The high-profile director will helm the first two episodes of the fantasy series that will explore new storylines set in Middle-Earth before The Fellowship of the Ring. Bayona will also executive produce with his producing partner Belén Atienza.
“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,” said Bayona. “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.”
The upcoming series is being written by JD Payne and Patrick McKay, alongside a writers room that includes Gennifer Hutchison (Breaking Bad) and Bryan Cogman (Game of Thrones).
“We are thrilled to have J.A. and Belén joining the fellowship as we continue to develop this epic series,” said Payne and McKay. “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.”
J.A. Bayona just came of the very successful Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, after directing various critically acclaimed films like A Monster Calls and The Impossible. He’s not only used to big-budget features, but also knows how to craft a personal narrative in the midst of the havoc.
“The scope and breadth of J.A.’s world-building is exactly the right fit for our ambitions for The Lord of the Rings,” said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios. “He’s a passionate and collaborative director who has brought new stories to life with his multitalented 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 Studios has been developing the property ever since making a nine-figure deal with the Tolkien estate, which would allow them to make a multi-season series in the most recognizable fantasy world in history.
The high-profile project only continues to bring in high-level talent with the addition of J.A. Bayona as it nears production.