Upcoming Lord of the Rings Movies in Development, Will Not be Remakes or Rehashes of Previous Stories.
A new deal between New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. and Embracer Group has been signed to produce additional Lord of the Rings movies. The exact details of the upcoming projects have not been announced, but it has been confirmed that they will not be remakes or retreads of stories previously told in Middle Earth.
The news was revealed by Warner Bros Discovery CEO David Zaslav during a company call regarding Q4 2022 earnings, according to reports from Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter. In August 2022, Embracer Group had acquired the franchise’s film rights. The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Hobbit films were produced by Warner Bros. and New Line.
A statement from Warner Bros Pictures Group Co-CEOs Michael De Luca and Pam Addy indicated that the new films would explore previously uncharted territories of J.R.R. Tolkien’s vast and complex universe. The statement read, “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.”
Currently, an animated Lord of the Rings film titled The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim is already in production. It is centered around one of the legendary kings of Rohan and is set 183 years before the events of the original films.
There has been no announcement regarding the focus of the new movies, nor whether the original cast and creative staff will be involved. Embracer had previously floated the idea of films about Gandalf, Aragorn, Galadriel, and Eowyn. In recent years, the Amazon Prime TV show The Rings of Power has been the most prominent Lord of the Rings project, with its first season debuting in 2022.