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Amazon Is Spending A Billion Dollars On LOTR TV Series

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Amazon want’s their own version of Game of Thrones and they are sparing no expense.

Amazon is reportly setting the budget for their Lord of The Rings TV series at $1 billion dollars. To put that in context Netflix is spending a billion for all of their new original content in 2018.

THR saysAmazon will likely spend a whopping total of $1 billion to bring J.R.R. Tolkien‘s series to life for its streaming platform. Amazon also signed a five-season commitment to the fantasy series and is obligated to go into production within two years or they’ll lose the rights to the franchise—and their $250 million.

With this price-point, it’s likely Lord of the Rings will join the ranks as one of the most expensive TV series ever. Amazon Studios’ original series like Sneaky PeteTransparent, and The Man in High Castle, run 10 episodes per season. If the same goes for LOTR, that works out to about $20 million per episode, making it $5 million more than Game of Thrones‘ final season cost at $15 million per episode and a tie for Steven Spielberg ‘s HBO miniseries The Pacific.

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Ben Affleck And Oscar Isaac Try To Pull Off The Biggest Heist In History In ‘Triple Frontier’ Trailer

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Netflix has unveiled a trailer and release date for Triple Frontier, a new cartel thriller with an impressive cast. Starring Oscar Isaac, Ben Affleck, Son’s of Anarchy‘s Charlie Hunnam and Pedro Pascal, the film follows a team of ex-US Special Forces soldiers working for themselves instead of their country. They aim to steal millions of dollars from a dangerous South American drug cartel, but of course, things go wrong and it turns into a fight for survival.

The idea isn’t exactly original, as theaters and TV are stuffed with cartel-type projects like Sicario and Netflix’s own Narcos: Mexico. “Make no mistake about it. You guys need to own the fact that we do not have the flag on our shoulders,” says Affleck in a key scene that lays out the stakes. “You cannot go back to your normal life after tonight.”

Triple Frontier will be available in March.

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Titans Get Ready For Battle In ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Second Trailer

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Godzilla is back to kick ass in the first image from Godzilla: King of Monsters. The movie is follow-up to 2014’s Godzilla and takes place 5 years after the world finds out that monsters are real.

EW, released the images and spoke with director Michael Dougherty about the sequel.

“The world is reacting to Godzilla in the same way we would react to any other terrifying incident, in that we are overreacting, but there’s paranoia and endless speculation about whether he is the only one out there or whether we’re threatened by others like his kind.”

Check out the official synopsis.

The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah.  When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters hits theaters May 31, 2019.

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Aquaman Lands Biggest Opening For Warner Bros In China

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Warner Bros. has found success at the boxoffice with Aquaman.

According to Warner Bros., Aquaman earned $93.6 million over the weekend in China. This was the largest opening ever for a D.C. title in China, outpacing previous titles like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice $55.7 million opening) and Justice League $50.5 million opening.

Aquaman — starring Jason Momoa in the titular role — also marks the biggest start ever in China for any Warner Bros. title, besting Ready Player One by 66 percent.

Aquaman will open in North America on Dec. 21.

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