Warner Bros. tries to thwart the sale of the film rights to Lord of the Rings

Warner Bros. recently insisted he had sole control over the rights to make films based on The Lord of the Ringsfollowing rumors that the company Saul Zaentz would buy these rights from other studios.

In a statement made to VarietyWarner Bros. spokesperson said : “[Warner Bros. subsidiary] New Line Cinema has retained the rights to motion pictures, both live-action and animated, for over two decades now. The spokesperson added: “We are currently in production on our animated film The Lord of the Rings: War of the Rohirrim and I can’t wait to bring audiences back to Middle-earth.

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Reports that the Saul Zaentz company intended to auction off the film, merchandising, game and live event rights to the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit first surfaced last week. These rights would also have included limited corresponding rights for two other works by the Lord of the Rings creator JRR Tolkien, The Silmarillion and The Unfinished Tales of Numenor and Middle-earthif the author’s estate greenlights any future adaptations of either book.

Warner Bros. maintains that he continues to own the motion picture rights to The Lord of the Rings, which should theoretically prevent the Saul Zaentz company from selling these rights to another studio. Warner Bros.’ A long-term licensing deal would depend on several conditions, such as the studio actively developing the property and making regular payments to the Saul Zaentz company – requirements that Warner Bros. apparently believed to have been fulfilled.

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The controversy around the the Lord of the Rings‘Theatrical rights come at a time when the property is gearing up to dominate cinemas and TV screens in the months and years to come. A new live streaming series co-produced by New Line Cinema, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, is set to debut on Prime Video in September. A trailer for power rings aired during Superbowl LVI, sparking immediate speculation from fans around the direction of the highly anticipated series.

In addition, The Lord of the Rings: War of the Rohirriman animated feature film recently confirmed to be released in April 2024. Directed by Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex co-directed by Kenji Kamiyama and produced by The Lord of the Rings screenwriter Philippa Boyens, The Rohirrim War follows the exploits of legendary character Helm Hammerhand, 250 years before the events of the original trilogy and its film adaptations.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will premiere on Prime Video on September 2, 2022.

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Source: Variety

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