The Lord of the Rings TV show has landed a fantastic director
If your excitement levels weren't high enough already...
Now that the Iron Throne is destroyed, Jon Snow is wandering beyond The Wall, and Daenerys' corpse is...somewhere, TV viewers have a Seven Kingdoms-shaped hole in their lives.
If only there was “One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them.”
Thankfully, there is because Amazon are not kidding around when it comes to their eagerly-anticipated adaptation of J.R.R.Tolkien's beloved novels.
Film fans might know that Bayona has an extremely strong CV that bodes very well for the future of the show.
Aside from directing the absolutely brilliant The Orphanage (more on that here) and A Monster Calls (more on that here too), the Spanish director has also proven that he's more than capable of directing big budget action set-pieces.
Bayona recently directed Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and tsunami drama, The Impossible.
A director that has a strong background in fantasy and action? He's perfect for The Lord of The Rings.
Speaking about his new project, Bayona said: “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 to Middle-earth and have them discover the wonders of the Second Age, with a never before seen story.”
The new Lord of the Rings TV show won’t be Bayona’s first time directing for TV too, he also helmed the first two instalments of Penny Dreadful in 2014.