Amazon is bringing fans back to the Lord of the Rings world, and they’re not skimping on the price tag. The upcoming Amazon Prime series has cost the studio $465 million so far, and that’s just for season one.

The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that at the end of the day Amazon Studios will have dropped about $650 New Zealand money, which amounts to around $465 million USD.

Estimates for the show were already pegged for around $500 million for multiple seasons. They have gone far over that budget with just the first season of the show. We have no idea what to expect, but those episodes are pricey.

Stuart Nash, the country’s Minister for Economic Development and Tourism, dropped a bomb on Morning Report that Amazon is paying a ton for the upcoming show.

“What I can tell you is Amazon is going to spend about $650 million in season one alone. This is fantastic, it really is … this will be the largest television series ever made.”

If you’re doing the math, HBO’s Game of Thrones typically cost around $100 million to produce each season. Obviously, this is a much different set of circumstances. The new Lord of the Rings spin-off series better look outstanding with the price that Amazon is paying for it.

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