Why Amazon put its $715 million ‘Lord of the Rings’ series in the hands of two first-time showrunner

Amazon’s new $715 million “Lord of the Rings” series is the maximum high priced TV display of all time, however it changed into

created by means of two showrunners with infrequently any Hollywood credits between them After spending $250 million to 

land the rights to make a show set in Middle-earth, the ecommerce giant interviewed severa A-listers — which include “Avengers

Endgame” directors the Russo brothers — whilst trying to find the right creators to convey its series to lifestyles.But all through

the search, the Wall Street Journal reviews,  relative unknowns impressed Amazon brass the most Patrick McKay and 

J.D. Payne were able to upward thrust above dozens of “ordinary” pitches with their deeply notion out plan for a 50-hour tv saga

The duo’s pitch for the display — which centered on a period in Middle-earth thousands of years before the events

of the “Lord of the Rings” movies — inadvertently aligned with the vision that J.R.R. Tolkien’s grandson Simon Tolkien had for a sequence

 according to the Journal “Simon Tolkien had an concept of the display he wanted,” a source acquainted with the display’s