Embracer Group has bought the rights to Tolkien’s works

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A few months ago we were talking about Middle Earth Enterprises, owned by the heirs of the producer Saul Zaentz and owner of the vast majority of the rights to Tolkien’s work, looking for a buyer, in an operation that Variety encrypted in about 2000 million dollars. Finally, Embracer Group, which recently acquired Eidos, Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix Montreal, has won the day.

This makes the company the beneficial owner of almost all rights to ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’, and taking into account the voluminous ramification in studios of all kinds that Embracer has, we will undoubtedly see the practical applications of these licenses very soon. At the moment, they presume in the official announcement that Tolkien is currently being adapted into the Amazon series ‘The Rings of Power’, the animated film ‘The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim’ and the mobile game ‘The Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle-Earth’. They say nothing about Gollum’s game because Warner maintains the exploitation rights of Peter Jackson’s films.

The rights to Tolkien’s work are a legal maze involving not only Middle Earth Enterprises, but Warner and Tolkien’s most beloved adaptation to this day, and Tolkien State, the original owner of the rights. In addition, Middle Earth Enterprises does not own the rights to the entirety of Tolkien’s work: for example, ‘The Rings of Power’ has benefited from a legal clause that makes the rights to series of eight episodes or less not manage Middle Earth Enterprises. Of course, practically all the names, places and situations of the original trilogy and ‘The Hobbit’ are his property.

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Embracer Enterprises has not only recently acquired the rights to Tolkien. It has also announced the purchase of several companies linked to video games: Limited Run Games, Singtrix (owner of voice processing technology), Tuxedo Labs (‘Teardown’) and Tripwire Interactive (‘Killing Floor’). The company claims that it has 220 projects in development (25 of them are Triple A), that it has an announcement planned for a game belonging to a much-loved franchise, that it has bought a very high-end PC studio, and that it is going to reveal many of these details at Gamescom.

A few months ago we were talking about Middle Earth Enterprises, owned by the heirs of the producer Saul Zaentz…

A few months ago we were talking about Middle Earth Enterprises, owned by the heirs of the producer Saul Zaentz…

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