Rights to Lord of the Rings games and movies are up for sale

Deepak Gupta February 9, 2022
Updated 2022/02/09 at 10:10 PM

The rights to produce franchise games, films and events The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and Other Elements of the “Tolkien Universe” are for sale (and I’m not a millionaire to buy). THE Zaentz Co., current holder of the rights, hired ACF Investment Bank, a company in the Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A), to manage the sale. All this fantastic property of Tolkien has an estimated cost of (amazing) $2 billion and two buyers are on the lookout, according to Variety.

Is “The Lord of the Rings” you want? So take it!

THE Varietywhich exclusively obtained the information, published that the sale of the rights to Middle Earth close to the series premiere The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (yes, nothing creative) is not a coincidence. The series, which will premiere on September 2 on Prime Videois a mega production of amazon, considered the main candidate to make the purchase. The company produced the series finding a loophole* in the company’s contract. Zaentz Co. and negotiated with those responsible for the estate of Tolkien. But much more than producing new films, series and live events, the amazon want is to put one Middle Earth MMORPG at Amazon Games. Last year the company canceled production of a MMO in Lord of the Rings. But with the rights to the games, the amazon can go far beyond a MMORPG that rival with New World

Warner Bros is another possible buyer

THE amazon may even be making a very expensive series of Lord of the Rings, with two seasons shot in sequence as well as the first two films of the saga. But Warner bros already made six movies Middle Earth (Lord of the Ringsfrom the subsidiary New Line Cinemaand The Hobbit) and released two games set in the universe created by Tolkien (Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and Middle-earth: Shadow of War). To profit from this universe she teaches. According to Varietya Warner lost the exclusivity of the films last year. Recover this right and still expand what you can produce from the Middle Earth will easily pay the $2 billion.

*The gap found by the amazon is that the Zaentz only has the right to produce a series with more than eight episodes. the first season of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will have exactly eight episodes.


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