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Why Does Amazon’s Lord of the Rings Season 1 Cost $465 Million?

The Lord of the Rings prequel spin-off series is currently in the works at Amazon Prime Video, and it was revealed last month that the first season would cost an eye-popping $465 million (about Rs. 3,408 crore) to produce. In a new interview, Amazon Studios Head Jennifer Salke has clarified that The Lord of the Rings’ astronomical budget is due to the “huge world-building” required — from the Middle-earth setting to costumes, props, and so on for the many species of characters involved in LOTR — and that it’s about “really building the infrastructure of what will sustain the whole series.”

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