New Lord Of The Rings movies in the works at Warner Bros and New Line Cinema

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24 Feb 2023, 08:18

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Warner Bros and New Line Cinema have teamed up to create more movies in the Lord Of The Rings franchise.

There have been many adaptations of J.R.R Tolkien’s books over the years, from the Oscar-winning Lord Of The Rings movies to the cartoon in the 70s, The Hobbit trilogy and most recently the Prime Video TV series Rings of Power.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav announced there would be a new movie in an investor’s call this week.

At this stage it's not clear what the movie will be about, but Warner Bros. bosses Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy say they won't be interfering with Peter Jackson's three films The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King.

In a joint statement, they said: “Twenty years ago, New Line took an unprecedented leap of faith to realize the incredible stories, characters and world of The Lord of the Rings on the big screen.

"The result was a landmark series of films that have been embraced by generations of fans.

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"But for all the scope and detail lovingly packed into the two trilogies, the vast, complex and dazzling universe dreamed up by J.R.R. Tolkien remains largely unexplored on film.

"The opportunity to invite fans deeper into the cinematic world of Middle-earth is an honor, and we are excited to partner with Middle-earth Enterprises and Embracer on this adventure.”

Those original films are pretty hard to live up to. The Hobbit trilogy didn't get anywhere close to their success and similarly the Rings of Power had mixed reactions from fans when it dropped last year.

Lee Guinchard, CEO of Freemode, which is part of production company Embracer, said they will be treading lightly when it comes to making new movies here.

“We understand how cherished these works are and working together with our partners at New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Pictures, we plan to honor the past, look to the future, and adhere to the strongest level of quality and production values.”