The rights to create movies and video games based mostly on The Lord of the Rings are going up for public sale.
As reported by Variety, the Saul Zaentz Co is promoting its Tolkien rights, which incorporates movies, video games, TV reveals over eight episodes, reside occasions, merchandise, and theme parks based mostly on The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and different Tolkien properties.
The rights are set to fetch upwards of $2bn.
The Saul Zaentz Co was arrange by producer Saul Zaentz who died again in 2017. He was accountable for Oscar-winning movies like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Amadeus and The English Affected person.
The timing of the sale isn’t any coincidence, with Amazon’s Rings of Energy TV adaptation due out on 2nd September this 12 months. Might Amazon Video games be eyeing up the rights for a recreation based mostly on its TV sequence?
The Lord of the Rings rights are a little bit of a minefield, with Warner Bros sustaining some movie improvement rights by way of its possession of New Line Cinema – the manufacturing firm behind Peter Jackson’s celebrated movies.
For now, there’s The Lord of the Rings: Gollum within the works from Daedalic Leisure. The sport is a partnership between the German studio and Center-earth Enterprises who personal the literary rights to Tolkien’s work.