Christoph Hartmann

(CNN)After spending $250 million to secure the rights to produce a “Lord of the Rings” television series, Amazon is doubling down on the world J.R.R. Tolkien created.

The is being developed in collaboration with Hong Kong-based Leyou nologies Holdings Ltd., which produced the popular free-to-play “Warframe” .
Athlon , owned by Leyou, originally announced the project last year with an unnamed partner, which was jt revealed to be Amazon Stud.
    No release date has been set for the , which is being developed separately from the Amazon Original TV series.
    “We’re committed to bringing ctomers of the highest quality, both with our own original IP as well as beloved cultural pillars like ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ ” said Christoph Hartmann, vice president of Amazon Stud. “Tolkien’s Middle-earth is one of the richest fictional worlds in history, and it gives our team of experienced MMO developers — from the same studio developing ‘New World’ — tremendo opportunity to play and create.”

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