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  Wednesday, Jul 25, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
Lord Of The Rings : Coming To You Live From EA
- Posted 9:56 PM By Kagato
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EA (that's Electronic Arts for those of you who haven't heard the name in awhile) has secured the rights to the Lord of the Rings trilogy and make games based off New Line Cinema's upcoming movie. Here's the news:
New Line Cinema reignited the craze for the works of novelist J.R.R. Tolkien with its highly anticipated Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, set for December release. The film is the first of three that will be released each year through 2003, with a cumulative budget of $270 million. Sources close to the matter say that EA will announce only that it has secured rights, but will say later what kind of game it will make and when it will release it.

The deal is a coup for Redwood City, California-based EA because it's a backdoor way for the game publisher to tap into one of the most valuable game properties of all time. More than 100 million fans have read Tolkien's novels since they were published in the 1930s. The novels inspired the Dungeons & Dragons style of role-playing games that today account for 20 percent of all game sales. The movies have been hyped for months, thanks to New Line's strategy of marketing the film on fan Web sites. Millions of people have downloaded trailers for the first movie even though it's months away from release.
Good or bad, it's a done deal.
 
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