The wording of the assertion launched from Amazon Studios suggests some kind of battle referring to Jackson’s potential involvement within the sequence by an out of doors entity. For those who recall, Jackson made each “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies below New Line Cinema, which is owned by Warner Bros. It’s probably that the studio caught wind of Amazon Studios’ plans for a sequence and needed to inform the streamer that “The Rings of Energy” cannot be a prequel to Jackson’s movies.
Whereas Warner Bros. nonetheless owns the rights to the 2 trilogies they produced, they might not have the rights to make new “Lord of the Rings” media. In keeping with a February report by Variety, the variation rights to J.R.R. Tolkien’s seminal book series lapsed after their rights holder, the Saul Zaentz Co., offered them off. Nevertheless, Warner Bros. informed the trade that they nonetheless preserve the movie rights, leading to a mediation course of between the 2 entities that has seemingly not been publicly settled.
As for the place Prime Video’s “The Rings of Energy” falls, they bought the rights to the unique literary sequence courtesy of the Tolkien Property. In an interview with Vanity Fair, showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay defined that they’ve the rights to the entire books that Tolkien wrote, in addition to their appendices.
“The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Energy” premieres on Prime Video on September 2, 2022.