Amazon's LOTR Series Adds Doctor Who, Preacher Director Wayne Che Yip

Jurassic World's J.A. Bayona directed the first two episodes, and Yip is taking the next four.


The latest news about Amazon's Lord of the Rings TV show has arrived, with Amazon Studios announcing that Wayne Che Yip--known for his work on Preacher, Doctor Who, and Hunters--has come aboard to direct four episodes of the upcoming fantasy series. Yip will also be the co-executive producer of the big-budget project.

J.A. Bayona, who directed Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, directed the first two episodes of Amazon's Lord of the Rings series. Tolkien scholar Tom Shippey, who consulted on the show, said there will be 20 episodes in season 1, leaving lots of room for additional directors.

Yip joins the creative team for Amazon's Lord of the Rings series, whose showrunners are J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay.

"It is a true honor to be invited into the world of Tolkien by J.D. & Patrick and Amazon Studios. Every day I look forward to working with the incredible team here in New Zealand as we humbly contribute to the legacy of the greatest stories ever told," Yip said in a statement.

Amazon's Lord of the Rings series remains shrouded in mystery. We know it's set in the Second Age of Middle-earth, which is thousands of years before the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. It will feature an "ensemble cast of characters," some of whom are new and some are familiar, Amazon said. The series will take viewers to places like the Misty Mountains, the elf-capital of Lindon, and the kingdom of Numenor.

In addition to Payne, McKay, Bayona, and Yip, Amazon's Lord of the Rings show has Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul's Gennifer Hutchison attached as an executive producer.

Whenever it's available, Amazon's Lord of the Rings show will stream on Prime.

In other news, actor Tom Budge recently left the show due to creative differences. Budge saw the episodes that were filmed so far and didn't like the direction it was headed in for his character.

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