Netflix and Amazon are battling for the fantasy nerd audience

Netflix and Amazon are battling for the fantasy nerd audience

With “Sport of Thrones” ending this yr, the combat for the TV nerd throne is heating up.

Up to now, Amazon and Netflix have emerged as the two main contenders to supply the subsequent Westeros-caliber hit.

This week Amazon ordered a sequence adaptation of the epic “Wheel of Time” fantasy sequence, and yesterday Netflix introduced a growth deal for reveals and motion pictures primarily based on the traditional “Chronicles of Narnia” franchise.

The rivalry has been brewing for some time now: Amazon already has a “Lord of the Rings” TV sequence on the means, and Netflix is prepping an adaptation of fantasy franchise “The Witcher,” starring Henry Cavill.

The brand new reveals mark main investments for the streaming platforms — Amazon’s “Lord of the Rings” deal price a cool $250 million for the rights alone. The query is whether or not audience urge for food for fantasy continues to be going sturdy, or is the fascination fading with the final of the White Walkers?

The forecast is combined. Whereas “Sport of Thrones” has grown over the years to turn out to be the greatest present in the world, different fantasy sequence, reminiscent of Syfy’s “The Magicians,” recurrently dip under 1 million weekly viewers. In the meantime, two different once-buzzy fantasy diversifications — Freeform’s “Shadowhunters” and MTV’s “The Shannara Chronicles” — each had been canceled this yr.

Up to now, “Sport of Thrones” has been the exception, not the norm.

Time will inform if Amazon and Netflix beat the odds, or if their pricey gambles burn out in a blaze of dragon hearth.

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