Given the lingering impact of Star Wars, any franchise that comes after it will try to mimic or draw inspiration from the epic space multimedia franchise. Warner Bros. Discovery and CEO David Zaslav have recently revealed that they have ambitious plans for The Lord of the Rings, hoping to turn the Middle-earth saga into a Star Wars-style franchise. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. Discovery is "circling its wagons ever tighter around familiar IP" as it focuses on brands such as DC and "hopes to turn LOTR into a Star Wars-like franchise."
Following the multiyear agreement reached by Warner Bros., New Line Cinema, and Embracer Group, the studio's plans to make new Lord of the Rings films are not out of the question. Based on Zaslav's announcement, Warner Bros. is expected to launch a slew of sequels, prequels, and spinoffs of The Lord of the Rings in an attempt to replicate the success of the stories told from a galaxy far, far away.
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The Lord of the Rings is already in a league of its own, given the film's well-received reception, its critical acclaim, and its record of winning 17 Academy Awards out of 30 total nominations. Despite its distinctive success, Warner Bros. is still eager to make it bigger than it already is. It has now been two decades since director Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy came to its epic conclusion in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, but Warner Bros. announced earlier this month that new movies based on The Lord of the Rings are underway.
Jackson previously revealed that he is being kept "in the loop" regarding these projects. "Warner Brothers and Embracer have kept us in the loop every step of the way," Jackson and his writing team of Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyes said in a statement. "We look forward to speaking with them further to hear their vision for the franchise moving forward." Other than that, Amazon's The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power takes the audience back into the era of great worlds and powers, and it is confirmed to return for a second season. With this, it seems like the Lord of the Rings universe is not stopping any time soon.