Amazon Studios’ Jennifer Salke started her reply by placing “Lord of the Rings'” price range throughout the context of the streaming market total, noting the current $469 million deal Netflix made with Rian Johnson to direct two “Knives Out” sequels. Salke additionally talked about that competitors from rival streaming networks, like Netflix, typically results in bidding wars over manufacturing companies, which drives up prices. However a present like “Lord of the Rings” is all the time going to be costly to provide, as a result of it is a huge excessive fantasy present with meticulous consideration to element. “This can be a full season of an enormous world-building present,” Salke defined. “[$465 million] is a horny headline or a loopy headline that is enjoyable to click on on, however that’s actually constructing the infrastructure of what’s going to maintain the entire sequence.” So, $465 million does not simply pay for the primary season, it is also a down fee on future seasons as effectively.
Clearly with such an enormous funding, the stakes for Amazon Studios could not be greater. Salke admitted that with a purpose to justify the large price ticket, “Lord of the Rings” must be a smash hit. Salke did not specify precisely what number of viewers “Lord of the Rings” has to draw to justify the value, however did say it must be a “large, world viewers.” For yet one more “Recreation of Thrones” comparability, the ultimate season of that sequence averaged about 10 million viewers per episode (by way of Statista). “Lord of the Rings” most likely will not appeal to 5 instances that many viewers — the top-rated primetime drama in 2020, “NCIS,” solely introduced in about 15 million per episode (by way of USA As we speak) — however 10-15 million would appear to be an affordable place to begin. In different phrases, it must be the preferred present on TV proper out of the gate.