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04/01/2013

Universal plans to build a Middle Earth theme park

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(From The One Ring) 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.”

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