The Tolkien Estate block movie rights to Tolkien books outside of the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies will be hitting cinemas next week concluding the epic tale of Bilbo and the Dwarves’ journey to the Lonely Mountain. Sadly however, fans of Peter Jackson’s Tolkien movies will have to make the most of it as it appears this will be the last.
This isn’t down to the fact Jackson doesn’t want to make any more, rather that The Tolkien estates isn’t likely to let him.
"It's a legal thing", said Jackson at a press conference for The Battle of The Five Armies. "The Tolkien estate owns the writings of Professor Tolkien - The Hobbit and the Lord Of The Rings were sold by Professor Tolkien in the late 60s... the film rights"
Jackson added that "they are the only two works of his that have been sold. So without the cooperation of the Tolkien estate, there can't be more films.
Going on previous form, the Tolkien estate has shown little appreciation for the Tolkien movie adaptations, going to court over alleged unpaid royalties and copyright infringement. Given this we suspect the chances of another Tolkien film from New Line and Peter Jackson are very slight indeed.
Tolkien movie fans left high and dry by the news will be able to look forward to the now traditional extended DVD of the Battle of the Five armies which Jackson will commence working on in the new year.
You can never write off a reboot though, perhaps bringing in Tom Bombadil for the fans and not killing off Saruman in keeping with the original Lord of the Rings story?