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Rumour: Universal plans Middle-earth theme park?

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Jan 3 2013, 8:18pm


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Hogwarts Orlando Universal Unconfirmed rumours are circulating that Universal is talking with Tolkien Estate about creating a Middle-earth theme park. The rumours emerged on New Year's day on the Orlando United forum where a user reported claims that Universal Studios asked Warner Bros. to raise the topic with Tolkien Estate. At this point, it is unclear whether the user has insider knowledge, or is simply reporting what others have said.

From the source post:

"...here is how I heard that it played out. Universal asked Warner Bros. to approach the Tolkien family since the Tolkien's trust WB with the success of the LOTR series. WB described how Universal was willing to work with JK Rowling and how the 2 of them (WB and JK) held Universal's feet to the fire to uphold Rowling's vision of the IP. And I believe that the Tolkien's may have actually talked to JK Rowling. This was before Universal said a word to the Tolkien's. So after WB stoked the fire, Universal entered the picture with an impressive plan.

As of now there is a lot of hammering out to go, but Universal has gotten a lot farther than Disney ever did."

Tolkien aficionados would recall, of course, that the professor had a notoriously low estimation of the creative works of Walt Disney. Letter #13 in Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien makes his position clear:

"It might be advisable [..] to let the Americans do what seems good to them -- as long as it was possible [..] to veto anything from or influenced by the Disney studios (for all whose works I have a heartfelt loathing)."

That's not to say that Universal would fare any better with Tolkien Estate in any quest to create a Middle-earth theme park. The Estate is well-known to be wary of merchandising, and is currently engaged in a legal stoush with Warner Bros. and Saul Zaentz, alleging that the companies are merchandising beyond what was contractually agreed upon in the 1969 rights deal.

Micechat, a site that specialises in theme park news, claims Universal "is very close to acquiring the rights to develop and produce attractions based on the successful Lord of the Rings franchise of films". So we might see whether there's anything to this rumour quite soon.




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Rumour: Universal plans Middle-earth theme park? News from Bree Send a private message to News from Bree Jan 3 2013, 8:18pm
    oh dear imin Send a private message to imin Jan 4 2013, 3:12am
    Wasn't this part of the plan announced with the green light in 2010? // SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Jan 4 2013, 4:09am
    Guess I'd have to go Kimtc Send a private message to Kimtc Jan 4 2013, 5:34am
    If it does get the go ahead ... DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Jan 4 2013, 8:20am
        Non-stop rain would kind-of ruin the fun of an out-door amusement park. :P :P // Captain Salt Send a private message to Captain Salt Jan 4 2013, 8:31pm
    Why would anyone be against it? Growlithe the Grey Send a private message to Growlithe the Grey Jan 4 2013, 11:56am
        Exactly LordotRings93 Send a private message to LordotRings93 Jan 4 2013, 6:25pm
        They did a great job with Harry Potter, by all accounts.// L. Ron Halfelven Send a private message to L. Ron Halfelven Jan 4 2013, 8:24pm
        Because we're supposed to say that to everything here in webby-world. // Captain Salt Send a private message to Captain Salt Jan 4 2013, 8:33pm
    I doubt the estate would allow it // Welsh hero Send a private message to Welsh hero Jan 4 2013, 12:38pm
    the Earth is developing a wobble in its orbit acheron Send a private message to acheron Jan 4 2013, 3:06pm
    Awwww, the Rhosgobel Bunny Ride for the wee ones :-) // pandoraziki Send a private message to pandoraziki Jan 4 2013, 6:07pm
    Doubt this would get the go ahead from the Estate... the_argonath Send a private message to the_argonath Jan 4 2013, 7:41pm
    How cool is that! However, I don't get how the PJ films are an afront to JRR's writings, but THIS is not at all a mainstream money grab? Captain Salt Send a private message to Captain Salt Jan 4 2013, 8:36pm
        Christopher isn't signing away anything. // geordie Send a private message to geordie Jan 4 2013, 8:45pm
            In my opinion, the only way it is true is if it is Zaentz, not the Estate Voronwë_the_Faithful Send a private message to Voronwë_the_Faithful Jan 5 2013, 3:38pm
                Thanks - that's what I thought, too.// geordie Send a private message to geordie Jan 6 2013, 2:36pm
        That's a big if squire Send a private message to squire Jan 5 2013, 12:13am
            According to Voronwe - SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Jan 5 2013, 12:31am
        Insults have been edited and two sub-threads deleted Altaira Send a private message to Altaira Jan 6 2013, 7:34pm
            Thanks :-) // geordie Send a private message to geordie Jan 6 2013, 7:50pm
                Thanks! // Captain Salt Send a private message to Captain Salt Jan 7 2013, 2:14am
    It could actually be pretty cool... belfalas Send a private message to belfalas Jan 4 2013, 8:54pm
        Less themepark more "location" moreorless Send a private message to moreorless Jan 5 2013, 12:56pm
            Like the Harry Potter Studio Tour? DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Jan 5 2013, 1:53pm
            Agreed Ardamírë Send a private message to Ardamírë Jan 5 2013, 5:30pm
    Well... it figures... grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Jan 5 2013, 2:01am

 
 
 

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