RUMOR: Universal Close To Gaining Rights For LORD OF THE RINGS Attractions

Want to explore Middle Earth? Well you might just get the chance! A new report has surfaced that says the J.R.R. Tolkien Estate is close to a deal that would allow Universal studios the rights to make theme park rides based on The Lord Of The Rings.

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By Jake "WaylonJones" Lester - 1/4/2013
Be prepared to take what you are about to hear with a grain of salt. Mainly because the Tolkien Estate has been very choosey when it comes to how the work of the late author has been used. With that said, Mice Chat is reporting that the Tolkien Estate is close to a deal with Universal that would allow them to create theme park attractions based of The Lord Of the Rings.

From Mice Chat:
We have recently learned that after a very long and protracted negotiation, Universal is very close to acquiring the rights to develop and produce attractions based on the successful Lord of the Rings franchise of films. This, along with the vast Harry Potter content, will give Universal a leg up on the worldwide theme park wars.


Right now Mice Chat is only speculating on what the attractions might be, individual rides, or an entire theme park devoted to Middle Earth. They also mention that the rides could find themselves in the Islands of Adventure park. Like stated earlier none of this is confirmed, so I wouldn't be booking a flight to Orlando quite yet. As soon as this is confirmed or debunked we will let you know.

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DukeAcureds - 1/4/2013, 8:16 AM
This just in: Bob Iger buys the Tolkein estate.
pintoman - 1/4/2013, 9:08 AM
LOL, you mean rollercoasters running on golden rails.
DarthDan - 1/4/2013, 9:10 AM
I'd like to ride Arwen's Adventure!
pintoman - 1/4/2013, 9:10 AM
Ya know, if it was an entire theme park, in California, the kids and I would be there twice a year...
ManofSteel22 - 1/4/2013, 9:12 AM
This would be brilliant,if they did some ride like the Spider-Man one,but instead your on the battlefield near minis tirith,or on mount doom and u see the ring go in the lava!
DukeAcureds - 1/4/2013, 9:15 AM
Now, you too can walk for a long [frick]ing time, over a long [frick]ing distance.
ManofSteel22 - 1/4/2013, 9:15 AM
Although,it hasn't been long since Harry potter,would they start making another part to the park already? They should get rid of the [frick]ing cat in the hat part
HavocPrime - 1/4/2013, 9:30 AM
@DukeAcureds


Seriously though, if this happens I am so there lol
Robe - 1/4/2013, 9:33 AM
Honestly the only decent rides they had in the Islands of Adventure were Harry Potter and Spider-Man,
GUNSMITH - 1/4/2013, 9:47 AM
ALSO HEAR JK ROWLING IS GOING TO WRITE AN EPISODE OF DR WHO...
DrDoom - 1/4/2013, 10:23 AM
Sauron's Drop Tower.... oh yeaaaaa
parascythe - 1/4/2013, 10:36 AM
Black riders' carousel

DioFoRio - 1/4/2013, 10:40 AM
Wonder if there will be a ride where all you do is walk and give awkwardly long staring pauses? ; )
DioFoRio - 1/4/2013, 10:41 AM
actually just watched the LoTR trilogy special edition back to back this past weekend. Shit was so much better watching it all at once...that being said saw the Hobbit last night.From a movie making stand point..shit blew LoTr out of the water. Loved it!
Super12 - 1/4/2013, 11:04 AM
Finally, Professor Tolkeins ultimate dream is coming true at last! If they make this you know there's gonna be a giant ring ferris wheel, an underground ride called the Mines of Moria, and some onion ring stand called The One Rings
pintoman - 1/4/2013, 11:35 AM
^ Hahahahha. "The One Rings"
lilej2 - 1/4/2013, 11:52 AM
Universal has a theme park dedicated to their movies yet they're too busy trying to fill it up with other people's properties (i.e. Dreamworks Animation, Transformers, Dr. Seuss, Marvel, and Harry Potter)
beane2099 - 1/4/2013, 12:33 PM
Smart thinking on their part. Sooner or later they're gonna lose the Marvel stuff (who knows when though). Best to have soemthing to take over for that eventuality. Plus Potter and LOTR in the same theme park? Fantasy fans will loose their business over that. That'd almost akin to having Star Trek and Star Wars attractions in the same park (then I'D lose my business).
Facade - 1/4/2013, 1:54 PM
WWOHP was done with attention to detail and with class...I'm all in!!!
DukeAcureds - 1/4/2013, 4:30 PM
SotoJuiceMan@ Wash your mouth out with ectoplasm.
JackofallTrades - 1/4/2013, 4:41 PM
if, and if this where to happen, universal would have to remove something to make way for this, the property in orlando is small and overcrowded as it is, i propose marvel's island be out since Disney ,down the road in florida, owns marvel replace it with middle earth kind of what they did with as it called over here as "potterland"
Facade - 1/4/2013, 6:18 PM
@JackofallTrades...marvel isn't going anywhere, they just upgraded Spiderman. I'd expect Lost Continent to go before Marvel.
JackofallTrades - 1/4/2013, 6:49 PM
@facade... lost continent became WWOHP, dueling dragons is dragons challenge, unicorn ride became the hipogriff, so on and so forth, i agree on the marvel island, however anything can happen, they are however very hush-hush on what they are building where jaws: the ride used to be
johnblake - 1/4/2013, 7:08 PM
IT HAS TO BE A WHOLE PARK. it just has too be
jessepostal - 1/4/2013, 7:59 PM
@jackofall, word on the street is they are putting transformers where jaws was
JackofallTrades - 1/4/2013, 9:35 PM
@jesse - i thought that too until a good source that works in the theme park told me that the location for transformers is somewhere else
GrayMatter - 1/4/2013, 10:45 PM
I doubt this is true. The article touches on this, but the estate doesn't license nothing out to nobody. The only reason we got LOTR and are getting the Hobbit is because J.R.R. himself sold the rights. The family and estate is basically on record as hating the movies. Christopher Tolkien even disowned his son for wanting to co-operate with the filmmakers.

Though I suppose it's possible they might reason that, while they won't license anything new out, the movies were made and they can't do anything about it now, so they might as well cash in. But that seems unlikeley.

I could be wrong, but doing this would go against everything the estate has done up to this point, so who knows.
Facade - 1/5/2013, 6:40 AM
@GrayMatter...so much has been licensed that seemed unlikely: Denny's...bobble-heads...I can see (and hope) this happens. Universal did a great job with its theme park themes. WWOHP expands within the next 2 years!

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