Today, Variety announced that the film rights to both the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films have gone up for sale. The rights reverted back to Zaentz Co in 2021 after Warner Brothers failed to produce any Middle-Earth live-action content since the release of Peter Jackson’s saga. The Tolkien Estate also still holds a minor stake in the rights of J.R.R Tolkien. The rights would also include a live-action adaption of both The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales.
While confusing Amazon only purchased the rights to produce a TV Series (not film) based on strictly the Second Age with this year’s The Rings of Power. However, Amazon Studios are looking to be at the top of the list to now have rights to the entire Middle-Earth legacy. The rights would also include video game and merchandising rights from Warner Brothers. The real question is should anyone even try to remake Jackson’s original trilogy?
Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit are on DVD & Blu-Ray today