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Rumour: Is Universal Really Making Plans for a Middle-earth theme park based on Lord of the Rings?

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There are unconfirmed rumors circulating on the Internet that Universal is talking with Tolkien Estate about creating a Middle-earth theme park. The rumors emerged on New Year’s day on the Orlando United forum where a user reported claims that Universal Studios asked Warner Bros. to raise the topic with Tolkien Estate. At this point, it is unclear whether the user has insider knowledge, or is simply reporting what others have said.

Here is the Quote the source posted:

“…here is how I heard that it played out. Universal asked Warner Bros. to approach the Tolkien family since the Tolkien’s trust WB with the success of the LOTR series. WB described how Universal was willing to work with JK Rowling and how the 2 of them (WB and JK) held Universal’s feet to the fire to uphold Rowling’s vision of the IP. And I believe that the Tolkien’s may have actually talked to JK Rowling. This was before Universal said a word to the Tolkien’s. So after WB stoked the fire, Universal entered the picture with an impressive plan.”

As one might understand if this rumor is true, there is a lot of hammering out to go, but at this point is appears Universal has gotten a lot farther than Disney ever did.

For all you Tolkien aficionados who remember, that the professor had a notoriously low estimation of the creative works of Walt Disney. That’s not to say that Universal would fare any better with Tolkien Estate in any quest to create a Middle-earth theme park.

The Estate is well known to be wary of merchandising, and is currently engaged in a legal stoush with Warner Bros. and Saul Zaentz, alleging that the companies are merchandising beyond what was contractually agreed upon in the 1969 rights deal.

However Micechat, a site that specializes in theme park news, claims Universal “is very close to acquiring the rights to develop and produce attractions based on the successful Lord of the Rings franchise of films”.

For all you Lord of the Rings fans out there this news I am sure is leaving you on the edge of your seats, as we all waits and see whether there’s anything to this rumor quite soon.