Warner Bros and New Line are heading back to Middle-earth with more The Lord of the Rings movies. Currently, Embracer Group AB holds the rights to develop features based on J.R.R. Tolkien‘s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. The studios have struck a multi-year agreement to give Warner Bros the right to make more films. The deal was announced during Warner Bros Discovery’s investor call on Thursday.

CEO David Zaslav has spoken at length in the past that he believes more franchises are needed on the big screen. The first step is to make more films in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings universe. Peter Jackson‘s original trilogy and follow-up include six films that grossed over $6 billion at the box office worldwide. They are absolute treasures among fantasy and Tolkien fans and still hold a special place in the hearts of fans today.

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Warner Bros Animation and New Line are currently working on production on The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim. The original anime is set 183 years before the events of The Lord of the Rings and tells the fate of the House of Helm Hammerhand. The film is set to hit theaters on April 12, 2024. And with this new agreement, we are curious about what route Warner Bros and New Line will take into this world.

Will they decide to reboot the original trilogy, which has been celebrating its 20th anniversary these past three years? The original films still stand strong in their own rights. They are superb adaptations of Tolkien’s original novels, and Jackson’s skill behind the camera doesn’t make it feel like we are watching a 20-year-old film. But, the chance for a remake that updates not only the film’s graphical aspects but will allow us to see the things that didn’t make the big screen.

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Lee Guinchard, CEO of Embracer Group’s operative group Freemode shared in a statement today, “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.” This gives us the idea that their goal is to expand more on the universe and leave the original films alone, but only time will tell.

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