Gandalf needs to be in Amazon's new Lord of the Rings series and Ian McKellen wants to play him.
HBO CEO Richard Plepler revealed during a conference that the network passed on a Lord of the Rings TV series, before it was picked up by Amazon.
After all production costs are factored in, Amazon's upcoming Lord of the Rings TV series will probably exceed $1 billion.
Amazon announced today plans to move forward with the first-ever Lord of the Rings TV series that will tell all-new stories.
Amazon is the frontrunner to bring J.R.R. Tolkein's Lord of the Rings book series to life on the small screen.