The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit film and online game rights are being bought off, report says

Extra LOTR content material may very well be on the way in which if the rights are bought.


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The rights to make motion pictures and video video games primarily based on JRR Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit are about to go up on the market, in accordance with a report Wednesday. The Saul Zaentz Firm is promoting off the Tolkien rights it acquired again in 1976 for a predicted $2 billion, Selection stated.

The rights additionally embrace TV reveals with greater than 8 episodes, stay occasions, merchandise and theme parks, and a few rights throughout extra Tolkien texts The Silmarillion and The Unfinished Tales of Numenor and Center-Earth, in accordance with Selection. 

The Saul Zaentz Firm’s Center-earth Enterprises did not instantly reply to a request for remark.

Learn extra: Amazon’s Lord of the Rings prequel sequence: What to find out about The Rings of Energy

Amazon may very well be contemplating buying the rights, Selection stated, after it paid a reported $250 million for the rights to make its upcoming TV sequence The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Energy. Amazon reportedly purchased these rights immediately from the Tolkien property, nevertheless, because of the eight-episode loophole.

The Rings of Energy will premiere on Amazon Prime Sept. 2, and can discover the 20 rings Sauron made for the races of males, dwarves and elves together with the one ring for himself. 

Warner Bros. has additionally beforehand battled in court docket with the Tolkien property over income made in New Line Cinema’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy directed by Peter Jackson. Warner Bros. has one other upcoming LOTR venture within the works: an anime prequel referred to as The Lord of the Rings: The Struggle of the Rohirrim.

The anime will go into the historical past of Helm’s Deep, the well-known website of the later Battle of the Hornburg through the Struggle of the Ring, proven in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers film.

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