Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movie and video game rights sold out, report says

More LOTR content could be on the way if the rights are sold.

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the rights to make movies and video games based on JRR Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit are set to go on sale, according to a report on Wednesday. The Saul Zaentz company is selling the rights to Tolkien it acquired in 1976 for an expected $2 billion, Variety said.

the rights also include TV shows featuring over 8 episodes, live events, merchandise and theme parks, and certain rights to additional texts from Tolkien’s The Silmarillion and The Unfinished Tales of Numenor and Middle-earth, according to Variety.

The Saul Zaentz Company’s Middle-earth Enterprises did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Read more: Amazon’s Lord of the Rings prequel series: Everything you need to know about the Rings of Power

Amazon may consider buying the rights, Variety says, after paying $250 million for the rights to make its next TV Series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. However, Amazon is said to have purchased those rights directly from Tolkien’s estate, due to the eight-episode loophole.

The Rings of Power will premiere on Amazon Prime on September 2 and will explore the 20 rings Sauron made for the races of Man, Dwarf and Elf as well as the one Ring for himself.

Warner Bros. also previously fought in court with Tolkien’s estate on profits made in New Line Cinema’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy directed by Peter Jackson. Warner Bros. has another LOTR project coming up: a anime prequel titled The Lord of the Rings: War of the Rohirrim.

The anime will set the story of Helm’s Deep, the famous site of Hornburg’s last battle during the War of the Ring, shown in Peter Jackson’s film Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.

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