Oscar-Winning “Lord of the Rings” Film Composer Howard Shore in Talks to Score Amazon’s Middle Earth Series

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While neither writer/director Peter Jackson nor the original cast are part of Amazon Studios’ The Lord of the Rings series, Deadline hears there may well be an important point of familiarity. Howard Shore, whose work on the Middle Earth trilogy won him three Oscars, is in talks to compose the music for the TV series.

This is an important development for a series that carries a reported cost of $465 million for its first season, making it the most expensive TV series of all time. The so-far untitled series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic novels, recently wrapped principal photography on Season 1, and is scheduled to premiere on Prime Video Sept. 2, 2022. Season 1 post production will continue in New Zealand through June 2022, and pre-production on Season Two will begin concurrently in the UK right after Jan. 1, 2022.

Amazon recently announced that move from New Zealand — where all three LOTR and three The Hobbit films were shot — to the UK earlier this year, and the elaborate sets built for the show will be shipped to the UK. It is unclear where exactly in the UK The Lord Of the Rings will shoot as part of the streaming studio’s efforts to expand its footprint in the country. Amazon, which has multiple series filming in the UK, is currently in the process of booking stages to house the sets. The late author Tolkien was English, and Tolkien reportedly based the Shire’s landscapes, climate, flora, fauna on rural England, The first season shot in Auckland.

Shore, whose film credits include The Hobbit trilogy, Twilight Saga, Hugo, The Departed, Pieces Of A Woman, Philadelphia, The Silence of the Lambs and many others, provided the unforgettable and often ominous score that framed the stakes in the battle between Sauron’s evil forces of Orcs, Goblins, and Uruk-Hai forces against the men, hobbits, elves and dwarves in Middle Earth.

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SOURCE: Deadline, Mike Fleming Jr