THE LORD OF THE RINGS Expanded Universe
What will happen if WB decides to make more Lord of the Rings movies? What if we will be getting a LOTR movie every year? Will that be a good idea, and what kind of movies we might get? Is LOTR is the Star Wars of this generation?
With all the news about the new Star Wars movie, I started to think about the LOTR (Lord of the Rings) movie. We got the original trilogy, that made billions of dollars, was nominated and won few Oscars (Return of the King won 11), and the movies were really good and epic, and they are loved worldwide.
The “prequels” (The Hobbit movies), are also pretty good, and they make billions also.
I will say something dangerous, and the Star Wars fans will kill me, but I believe that the LOTR movies are to this generation’s Star Wars movies.
I’m 25, and I remember when I was a kid, I went to see The Fellowship of the Ring, and as a kid I pissed in my pants with amazement. That’s something that kids who saw New Hope for the first time years ago probably felt. I believe that people who grew up with the LOTR movies feel that this is teir Star Wars, only instead of it being science fiction, its fantasy. You can agree with me, or disagree, but this is how I feel.
Anyway, right now there is an interesting satiation. Disney owns the Star Wars movies and the Marvel movies (also 80% of the world), and Warner Bros owns LOTR and the DC movies. Disney already making mountains of green papers with the Marvel movies, and now that we will be getting a Star Wars movie every year, Disney will have enough money to buy a galaxy.
The WB has DC, and I hope their movies will be great and make money. But WB also has Lord of the Rings, and if they make more movies after the last Hobbit movie, they can do the same thing that Disney is doing with the Star Wars movies.
Let’s look on the numbers of the LOTR movies:
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - $871,530,324
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - $926,047,111
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - $1,119,929,521
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - $1,017,003,568
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug- $953,066,855
So it’s obvious that there is a demand for LOTR movies. My idea is after Peter Jackson is done with “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”, WB needs to start thinking how can they expand the LOTR cinematic universe, and start making more movies. And I’m pretty sure that they are doing it as I write this, like every other studio, they want to make some money.
I’m a big fan of Peter Jackson, but I think it’s time for him to take some break. He did 6 LOTR movies, and I think that sometimes it is better that a good director will step down, especially after these movies were a big part of his life in the last 14 years.
I think that WB should make a sequel trilogy to the LOTR. What happened after “Return of the King”? There is much more stories in Middle-earth, and it’s a world that just asking us to explore it more.
Guillermo del Toro was one of the writers of the scripts to the Hobbit movies, so he already a part of this franchise, and his work on movies like Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth and Pacific Rim proves that this guy can bring it. He has such an imaginative mind, he uses amazing visual effects and poetic beauty in his movies, and I think he could be the one to be in the director’s chair.
Duncan Jones works on the Warcraft movie, and if he makes a good movie, I believe WB should let him try a spin-off movie of LOTR. I think that WB should make some spin-off movies, and just like Disney, they should release them on a yearly basis. One year is a movie from the new LOTR trilogy, and a year later a spin-off. I think that David Yates could also be a great fit for some spin-off movies, after all he did some great Harry Potter movies. And who knows, maybe Christopher Nolan would like to do a fantasy movie one day.
I think there is a big chance that all of this will happen, I think WB knows very well that they have pure gold in their hands, and they can make billions from these movies.
And since the big success of Game of Thrones, maybe we will also see a spin-off TV-show of LOTR on the small screen.
So tell me, what kind of movies would you like to see from the LOTR?
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