Amazon to film next ‘Lord of the Rings’ series in UK, not New Zealand

Sir Ian McKellen has said he was “miserable” while filming “The Hobbit,” compared to playing Gandalf in “Lord of the Rings,” because of too much virtual production, but the technology could become more common in filmmaking in a post-Covid-19 world.

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Amazon has announced it is going to film the second season of its yet-to-be-named “Lord of the Rings” television series in the U.K. rather than New Zealand, which is where the first season and Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning film trilogy were filmed.

Amazon Studios said Thursday that the move away from New Zealand is

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