Season 2 of Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series, which has finished its first season, will shift production from New Zealand to the United Kingdom.

Season 2 of Amazon’s Lord of the Rings will be shot in New Zealand. Lord of the Rings, written by J.R.R. Tolkien, is one of the best-selling fantasy novels of all time, with a spate of epic cinematic adaptations directed by Peter Jackson. Amazon rocked the fantasy world in 2017 when it announced a multi-season Lord of the Rings TV series.

Amazon’s series is set in the Tolkien timeline known as The Second Age, and takes place long before the events of The Fellowship of the Ring. The Second Age spans 3,441 years, beginning with the creation of the One Ring and concluding with the destruction of Sauron’s army. It introduces new characters and storey arcs to the epic. It was recently reported that Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series will be released in September 2022. Following the announcement of the release date, it was also revealed that the first season of Lord of the Rings had finished production in West Auckland, New Zealand. Season 2 looks to be taking a different path now.

Today, Amazon Studios announced that Lord of the Rings season 2 will film in the United Kingdom instead of New Zealand. Reportedly, season 2 is set to begin production in the UK in January of 2022. At this time, Amazon hasn’t disclosed the exact location in the UK that will be utilized for season 2 but revealed that the location change is due to the streaming service’s efforts to expand its footprint in the country. Thanking the country of New Zealand for their hospitality during season 1, Amazon Studios’ VP and Co-Head of TV, Vernon Sanders, issued the statement below:

Amazon’s series is set in the Tolkien timeline known as The Second Age, and takes place long before the events of The Fellowship of the Ring. The Second Age spans 3,441 years, beginning with the creation of the One Ring and concluding with the destruction of Sauron’s army. It introduces new characters and storey arcs to the epic. It was recently reported that Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series will be released in September 2022. Following the announcement of the release date, it was also revealed that the first season of Lord of the Rings had finished production in West Auckland, New Zealand. Season 2 looks to be taking a different path now.

Of course, Amazon’s decision to relocate Lord of the Rings from New Zealand comes as a shock to the franchise, given that the country has long been connected with Middle-earth. Furthermore, Amazon was eligible for a $116 million government refund for filming in New Zealand, but it appears that Amazon has chosen to forego the tax credit as part of the move. Amazon will continue post-production in New Zealand through June 2022, as planned. Indeed, it looks that Amazon’s Lord of the Rings will provide new insight into Tolkien’s renowned work in season 2 by laying tracks in new terrain.

Lord of the Rings, created by Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne, maybe the most expensive, comprehensive, and extensive series of all time. For the time being, Lord of the Rings fans is concerned about the announcement of production relocating to the United Kingdom for Season 2, as New Zealand’s gorgeous landscapes were the appropriate setting for Tolkien’s stories. Of course, anticipation for Amazon’s new take on Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings epic is growing.

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