How could a LOTR series compete with Jackson's masterfully crafted movies? For starters, the TV show could incorporate even more elements from the novels, as well as characters who didn't make the cut for the feature films. Tom Bombadil, anyone? The television series probably wouldn't have a budget that could directly compete with a feature film. If Amazon goes with $6 to $8 million per episode over the course of a 10 episode season, a series with that kind of money could still be a very high quality production. But first, a deal will have to actually materialize. And it remains to be seen if it will happen at all.