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June 22, 2000
Industry Scrambles to be
Lord of the Rings
If you haven't been on the Net in the last few months or
aren't complete fantasty geeks like us, you may not have seen the new movie trailer for The
Lord of the Rings Trilogy. New Line Cinema is planning to bring the first movie of
the trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring, to theaters late next year, with plans
calling for the other two films to follow in subsequent years after that.
With new hype generating around the films, the information
regarding video games based on the movie has also spawned talk. A number of game companies
are supposedly vying for the rights, and the front-runner appears to be Sierra Studios.
Many years ago, Sierra secured the rights to the J.R.R.
Tolkien literary works and announced an online game entitled Middle Earth. That
game has been in development hell for at least two years, but the game might see the light
of day if Sierra can secure the film rights.
Other companies thought to be in on the hunt are Hasbro,
Mattel, Electronic Arts, and Infograms.
The film and the game are a ways away, but in the meantime be
sure to check out www.lordoftherings.net for a
behind-the-scenes look at the film.