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Will the silmarillion be filmed after the rings of power series is over?

Glorfindel Laurefindele
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Aug 4, 2:52pm

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Will the silmarillion be filmed after the rings of power series is over? Can't Post

Do you think if the series is watched a lot, will they make silmarillion movies after the series is completely over? If so, how many films will the silmarillion consist of? my guess is that the silmarillion will be shot sooner or later, but there must be at least 6 movies for everything to be shown.

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Aug 4, 8:40pm

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Amazon (or someone else) would have to purchase the rights first to The Silmarillion and I'm not sure that they're for sale even now.

The only way I can see it working is with one movie each for the Great Tales (perhaps adding "The Ruin of Doriath").



Aug 6, 5:26am

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I guess they will sell the rights to the Silmarillion in good time before it goes into public domain. 2048 is not that far into the future.
If not they’ll sit tight on the rights, and then we’ll have to wait (I’ll be 93 by then, if I live) for some studios to try it out.
But before that I guess there’ll be an internet-service (called Movie-Director or something) so each of us can make our own version with the actors we want for the roles Cool

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(This post was edited by Asger on Aug 6, 5:27am)

Grey Havens

Aug 6, 7:28pm

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I guess they will sell the rights to the Silmarillion in good time before it goes into public domain. 2048 is not that far into the future.

I am not a lawyer, but Christopher Tolkien is listed separately on the copyright pages of both my editions of The Silmarillion, as one of two copyright holders, alongside the J.R.R. Tolkien Copyright Trust.* Assuming this means he is legally considered a coauthor of the work, we're potentially looking at TS not passing into the public domain until the 2090s or later.

* The same is true of (most?) other posthumously published works he edited, though sometimes the Estate is mentioned rather than the Trust.


Aug 6, 9:11pm

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(In a conversation that we had elsewhere three-plus years ago):

I checked my books, which are all Houghton Mifflin hardcovers, and in those books, Christopher only claims individual copyright rights to The Silmarillion and The Children of Húrin, as well as the notes and commentary in Beren and Lúthien and The Fall of Gondolin. Everything else is either listed as "Copyright ©[year] by Frank Richard Williamson and Christopher Reuel Tolkien as Executors of the Estate of J. R. R. Tolkien" or "Copyright ©[year] Tolkien Copyright Trust."

I'm not an international property attorney, but my belief is that you are correct as to the likelihood of The Silmarillion not passing into the public domain until the 2090s or later.

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Grey Havens

Aug 6, 9:23pm

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Aug 8, 3:15pm

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Would depend both on the success of Rings of Power and other phantasy projects, and someone like Amazon being able to acquire the rights to the Silmarillion, and given what was payed for the rights to the Rings of Power series, those are not gonna come cheap

Then you need some studio to commit fully. You probably can't do the Silmarillion any justice without at least four seasons of maybe 26 one hour episodes each. So you need someone to guarantee that up front

Also of course as you mentioned it will be rather dependent on the Rings of Power being a success.

If I had to guess, I think I will not live long enough to see a Silmarillion adaptation.

(This post was edited by InTheChair on Aug 8, 3:20pm)


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