Wayne Che Yip moves right into Middle-earth after directing for Amazon’s Wheel of Time & Amazon’s Hunters.
Nearly two weeks after Fellowship of Fans posted a rumor that Wheel of Time’s director Wayne Che Yip was directing a few episodes of LOTR, Amazon Prime Studios sends over this press release and clarifies the acting producing team managing the LORD OF THE RINGS TV series. The first season is 8 episodes with the first 2 directed by J.A. Bayona and the next 4 directed by Che Yip.
He also gets a credit as Executive Producer, bringing the total to 13 E.P.s for the first 8 episodes. Full announcement below.
BRITISH CHINESE DIRECTOR WAYNE CHE YIP JOINS AMAZON STUDIOS’ THE LORD OF THE RINGS TELEVISION SERIES
CULVER CITY, Calif. – March 24, 2021 – Amazon Studios today announced that British Chinese director Wayne Che Yip has joined the creative team of its Amazon Original The Lord of the Rings television series as a director and co-executive producer.
Yip joins the international ensemble cast, currently filming in New Zealand, to direct four episodes. He continues the work of Spanish filmmaker J.A. Bayona, who directed the first two episodes of the series.
Yip is best known for his work directing popular genre content including Hunters, Preacher, Utopia (Channel 4), and Doctor Who, and has recently directed episodes of Amazon Studios’ upcoming epic fantasy series, The Wheel of Time.
“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,“ said Yip.
About the Amazon Original The Lord of the Rings television series:
Amazon Studios’ forthcoming series brings to screens for the very first time the heroic legends of the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth’s history. This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the elf-capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the furthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone.
As previously announced, the series is led by showrunners and executive producers J.D. Payne & Patrick McKay; they are joined by executive producers Lindsey Weber, Callum Greene, J.A. Bayona, Belén Atienza, Justin Doble, Jason Cahill, Gennifer Hutchison, Bruce Richmond and Sharon Tal Yguado, co-executive producer Wayne Che Yip, and producer Christopher Newman.