The rights to “The Lord of the Rings” are expected to fetch more than $2 billion at auction

2022-04-28 0 By

The Lord of the Rings movie and game rights are up for sale for an estimated $2 billion, and Amazon has the strongest desire to buy them.According to Variety, the Saul Zaentz Company, which owns the film, game, merchandising, offline events and theme park rights to J.R.R. Tolkien’s books, will be auctioned off this week.Amazon’s new Lord of the Rings TV series is set to hit theaters September 2, and they’re desperate for more rights.Also up for sale are limited adaptation rights from the Tolkien Estate and Trust to make films and other content after the author’s death.Warner Bros. acquired part of the rights to the Lord of the Rings films through its controlling stake in New Line Cinema, which led to the live-action trilogy.But the Saul Zaentz Company believes warner will return the rights to them in 2021 without voluntarily producing new content.The film rights to the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit have been involved in a number of legal disputes over the years.Amazon’s new TV series the Lord of the Rings: One of the Rings is set in the second age of Middle-Earth and stars Joseph Mahler, Robert Alamayor and others.This article was compiled by Ryan Dinsdale for IGN US.