“The Lord of the Rings” TV Show Names its First Director

"Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" film director J. A. Bayona at a press conference, Shanghai, China, May 2018. Photo by Imagine China/Shutterstock (9695591e)

Our trip to Middle Earth is taking shape.

Amazon has announced the first director who will be helming episodes for the upcoming Lord of the Rings TV series.

The show will take place before the events of J.R.R. Tolkein’s first book in the series, The Fellowship of the Ring, which was adapted into a feature film by Peter Jackson.

Much like the recently-concluded Game of Thrones on HBO, the LOTR series will utilize different directors, with J.A. Bayona being elected to helm the first two episodes.

“J.R.R. Tolkien created one of the most extraordinary and inspiring stories of all time, and as a lifelong fan it is an honor and a joy to join this amazing team,” said the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom director. “I can’t wait to take audiences around the world back to Middle Earth and have them discover the wonders of the Second Age, with a never-before-seen story.”

Bayona will also serve as an executive producer, alongside his producing partner Belén Atienza, on what is rumored to be the most expensive TV show ever made.