For those unfamiliar, Bayona is known for helming films like Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, The Impossible and The Orphanage.
In a statement, the director said: “JRR Tolkien created one of the most extraordinary and inspiring stories of all time, and as a lifelong fan, it is an honour and a joy to join this amazing team. I can’t wait to take audiences around the world to Middle-earth and have them discover the wonders of the Second Age, with a never before seen story.”
Bayona is also set to serve as an executive producer on the series, along with his producing partner Belén Atienza. JD Payne and Patrick McKay have signed up to write the series, with Game Of Thrones‘ Bryan Cogman on board as a consultant and Breaking Bad‘s Gennifer Hutchison making up part of the writers’ room.
The series will be set during the Second Age, more than 3,000 years before the start of The Fellowship Of The Ring.
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