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Game Informer
June 22, 2000

Industry Scrambles to be Lord of the Rings
Informer Reporter

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.