Amazon’s big show based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien is slowly moving forward.

During this week’s Television Critics Association press tour, the company says that it has brought on two writers, JD Payne and Patrick McKay, to write and develop the series.

The two writers are relative newcomers : both worked on the original script for Star Trek: Beyond, and are writing the upcoming sequel to Star Trek: Beyond.

Earlier this year, reports surfaced that Amazon might set its show in the same world as that of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. While Jackson has denied that he’s involved in the series.

The Middle-earth show reportedly won’t be a straight-up adaptation of The Lord of the Rings trilogy , but it will “explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring”.

The show won’t come cheap: Amazon is reportedly paying around $250 million for the rights to the franchise, with the production costs estimated to reach $500 million.

Last year, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos directed his company’s studio to find “high-end drama series with a global appeal.”

Since then, the studio has been on a snapping up major science fiction and fantasy properties, and has picked up this adaptation of Tolkien’s epic world.