There's clearly a huge small screen audience for the fantasy drama genre if the incredible success of HBO's Game of Thrones is anything to go by and so it follows that every studio other than HBO (they're laughing all the way to the editing suite) is looking to develop their own fantasy series that can pull similar viewing numbers and inspire the cult fandom of Game of Thrones.

But if there's no new material readily available then it makes sense to go back to a classic, enter the original fantasy writing wizard, English author J.R.R. Tolkien. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy including The Fellowship of the Rings, The Two Towers and The Return of the King, are one of the highest-selling series of all time. Tolkien wrote the series back in the late 1930s/early 1940s as a sequel to his 1937 book The Hobbit and the high fantasy trilogy is considered the gold standard for the modern fantasy genre.

The series has already been made into a box-office-blitzing set of Academy Award-winning movies directed by Peter Jackson starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Cate Blanchett and Orlando Bloom but until now all has been quiet on the TV front.

Variety reports Warner Bros. Television is in talks with Amazon Studios head honcho Jeff Bezos and the representatives from the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien (the author passed away in 1973) to develop a TV series based on the best-selling novels. No deal has been signed yet, but the fact that Bezos is rumoured to be directly involved in the negotiations signals how important this deal is to the studio.

Until a deal is locked and loaded we can all enjoy the fantasy guessing game sport of who will be cast in the TV series if/when it happens - the campaign for Orlando Bloom to reprise his role as Legolas starts now.

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Move over ‘Game of Thrones’, a new epic fantasy TV show is in the works