The Rings of Power lead creative team “can’t say” how they will be impacted by the sale of The Lord of the Rings intellectual property.
Speaking exclusively to at the UK meeting of The Rings of Power, executive producer Lindsey Weber revealed that she, along with showrunners JD Payne and Patrick McKay, were in the dark about acquiring The Lord of the Rings intellectual property from The Saul Zaentz Company by the Embracer Group. .
On August 18, the Embracer Group – a Swedish multimedia company specializing in video games – purchased Middle-earth Enterprises. The Embracer Group now owns the worldwide rights to films, video and board games, merchandising, theme parks and theatrical productions based on (or inspired by) some of JRR Tolkien’s legendary works, such as The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
On the surface, it doesn’t look like The Rings of Power will be affected by the Embracer purchase. After all, there’s nothing listed above to suggest that future seasons of the Prime Video series will be co-developed by the Embracer Group. Nonetheless, by a press release distributed following the acquisition of Embracer (opens in new tab), the company mentioned that Middle-earth Enterprises has “financial interests” in Amazon’s Lord of the Rings TV show. By proxy, then, the Embracer Group appears to have a stake in The Rings of Power.
So how will the new Lord of the Rings IP owners affect the future of The Rings of Power? According to Weber, no one really knows at this point, but she suspects Amazon Studios will have something official to say in the near future.
“The short answer is that I can’t [answer that]”, Weber told . “I can only say what we’re doing, which is planning 50 hours of this show very carefully, one season at a time. Now, we’re totally consumed with it. But I’m sure Amazon will have some thoughts on this.”
We’ve reached out to Amazon Studios for further comments on the matter and will update this article if we receive a response.
For now, confusion will continue to reign over how The Rings of Power might be affected by the Embracer Group’s purchase of Middle-earth Enterprises. Ironically, though, the picture could have been much clearer if Amazon had bought the rights from Middle-earth Enterprises itself.
Back in February, Variety (opens in new tab) reported that The Saul Zaentz Company — which has owned the film, stage, and merchandising rights for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit since 1976 — wanted to sell its holdings for around $2 billion. At the time, it was thought that one of the largest corporations in the world, such as Amazon or Warner Bros., would bid for the rights due to their past and current franchise interests. For Amazon, this was based on their upcoming prequel series Prime Video. Meanwhile, Warner Bros. owns some film development rights through its ownership of New Line Cinema, which has distributed all six films based on Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth, and is currently developing an anime-style film called War of the Rohirrim.
However, the acquisition of Embracer did away with its rival IP owners of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, further muddying the waters around who actually owns – and who can profit from – productions like The Rings of Power.
right now, it’s no looks like Amazon’s Lord of the Rings will be affected by the Embracer takeover. According to the Variety report above, a breach in the original purchase of The Saul Zaentz Company meant that other companies would own the rights to any TV series, based on Middle-earth, comprising eight or more episodes. Given that the first season of The Rings of Power comprises 10 episodes, Amazon was able to strike a deal directly with Tolkien’s estate in 2017, thereby bypassing the legal difficulties of having to deal with The Saul Zaentz Company.
But with Embracer Group and Middle-earth Enterprises having financial interests in The Rings of Power, and little in the way of clarification from either party or Amazon, it looks like Tolkien fans and The Rings of Power creators will be left in the dark. dark for a while. still.
For more content based on Rings of Power, check out our spoiler-free review of the show’s first two episodes. Alternatively, find out when Amazon’s Lord of the Rings will be released in your country, or read about how The Rings of Power will be a gold mine of secrets for die-hard Tolkienites.