The rights to create video games and movies based on El Señor de los Anillos will soon be auctioned.
According to the information Varietythe Saul Zaentz Co. will sell its Tolkien rights, which include films, video games, an eight-episode television series, live events, merchandising and entertainment parks based on The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and other other intellectual properties of the British writer.
It is expected that the sale of these rights will reach a figure of up to two billion dollars.
The Sault Zaentz Co. was created for producer Saul Zaentz, who failed in 2017. Among other things, he was behind several Oscar-winning films such as Someone Leaked From the Cucumber’s Nose, Amadeus or The English patient.
Curiously, these rights are going on sale at a very specific time, when Amazon is expected to launch its adaptation of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power on Prime Video on September 2. For example, this would be the perfect time for Jeff Bezos’ company to work with the rights and adapt the series to the world of video games.
The rights to The Lord of the Rings are a pretty serious lawsuit, as Warner Bros. continues to be part of the same as being host to New Line Cinema, the producer of popular Peter Jackson films.
As for video games, there is currently only one in development. This is The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, a title that Daedalic Entertainment produces in collaboration with Middle-earth Enterprises, owner of the rights to Tolkien’s literary works.