J.A. Bayona to direct The Lord of the Rings!

The director of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – Juan Antonia Bayona will be directing the first two episodes of Amazon Studios upcoming series – The Lord of the Rings. Bayona has created cinematic marvels such as The Orphanage and The Impossible. This famous director will be seen putting his creative forces to use to bring alive the world of the series, which is based on J.R.R. Tolkien's iconic fantasy novels – The Lord of the Rings. He will also be an executive producer, alongside his partner Belén Atienza.

"J.R.R. 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 back to Middle-Earth and have them discover the wonders of the Second Age, with a never before seen story." said Bayona.

Head of Amazon Studios – Jennifer Salke said – “He's a passionate and collaborative director who has brought new stories to life with his multitalented producing partner, Belén. We are all excited for them to join our writers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, and we can't think of a better way to begin this journey to Middle-earth." She also added, “It is turning out to be really great... We are happy with where it is going creatively and it is a big global show... It has been such an exciting project to work on and to just dive deeper into it was very exciting."

The writers – JD Payne and Patrick McKay are thrilled to have Bayona and Atienza on board. Here’s what they had to say about it – “We have been great admirers of J.A.'s work for years, and know that his epic, cinematic, and deeply heartfelt aesthetic is the perfect sensibility to bring Middle-earth to life anew.”      - IANS