Lord of the Rings: Back on the table?
J.R.R. Tolkien's son has resigned as the Director of the Tolkien Estate:
This opens up the rights for a variety of uses that were previously restricted, including Theme Parks. Amazon has recently announced a new deal to create a LOTR streaming series based on this new availability.
Tolkien notoriously disliked Walt Disney, rejecting Disney illustrations for his books and is quoted as saying:
"I recognize Walt Disney's talent, but it has always seemed to me hopelessly corrupted. Though in most of the 'pictures' proceeding from his studios there are admirable or charming passages, the effect of all of them to me is disgusting. Some have given me nausea"
What do you think? Does this open up the possibility of a deal for a themed land? Does his distaste for Disney mean the rights will be more likely to land elsewhere?
Let the speculation begin....
Universal does need IP for those 3rd and 4th (oops! those 4th and 5th parks) on the Lockheed-Martin property in Orlando.
I could definitely see Universal picking this up for the new property over by Lockheed-Martin, Tim. I'm sure Comcast/NBC has plenty of money left lying around, if they are willing to spend it. That seems to be no problem for them lately -- they are investing heavily in their theme parks.
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As a diehard Tolkien and LotR fan, who shares many of Tolkien's religious, aesthetic, artistic, and cultural concerns, this new deal concerns me greatly.
I agree, Blake. I hope that anything that is done with this material is up to hight standards of the material.
As I have posted previously, Christopher Tolkien and the estate have been the hang up, and there have been family members open to more liberal rights usages. That has now changed. With the negotiations to Amazon and the recent settlement, all things are now possible. I will point out that Peter Jackson does have a relationship with Universal and the theme parks, and while the Kong was not completed at my last Orlando trip, I really like it at Hollywood. If that is what is being planned down the road in Orlando, I am not sure I could contain myself.
There isn't enough technology now a days to do a decent LOTR theme park.
According to my sources...
I, as much as anyone else, would LOVE to see Middle Earth become a theme park reality, but if it's juxtaposed in a theme park next to Harry Potter, I think both franchises would be diminished.
I was under the impression that the Tolkien Family Trust won the lawsuit, and Universal had nothing to do with it, but I could be wrong. Christopher Tolkien was vehemently opposed to further expansion of the rights, and he recently stepped aside in his involvement with the trust to allow the Amazon deal to go through. His stepping aside would allow theme park owners to negotiate the rights, which he would have opposed.
I agree that this would not fit in next to HP. However, it would make an amazing anchor for a new park!