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?
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These parks are open or have a reopening date:
We're still waiting on these: